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The string quartet! It’s the ultimate test of a composer’s skill and artistry, the high point of chamber music – ensemble playing distilled to its essence, since there’s no orchestra to hide in. This series features some of the world’s finest string quartets playing some of the genre’s finest works, such as Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky quartets played by the Pavel Haas Quartet, and Brahms played by violinist Thomas Zehetmair and colleagues.
Of course, there’s lots of focus on Beethoven. The Quatuor Ébène’s will play his Razumovsky quartets. The Hagen Quartet from Germany, winner of the Concertgebouw Prize in 2019, and New York’s Juilliard String Quartet will dive into the late quartets. In Beethoven’s time these mature works were considered ahead of their time, possibly the product of an insane mind, but today they’re among the high points of the quartet literature.