Australian String Quartet presentsBeethoven Widmann
Beethoven, String Quartet in F major op 135Jörg Widmann, String Quartet no 3 Hunt QuartetInterval Beethoven, String Quartet in D major op 18 no 3 The spirit of Beethoven fuels this recital’s contrasts of drama and consolation, juxtaposing the first and last of the composer’s masterful quartets.
In 1826, Beethoven’s personal life had descended into swirling chaos. But the majestic opus 135 Quartet he composed in that year gives no hint of it. The Quartet is a miracle of transcendent beauty where Beethoven reconciles the competing sensibilities of classical order and radical Romanticism, to find consolation in the work’s restorative harmony.
German composer Jörg Widmann channels the spirit of Beethoven the innovator in a work of mischievous iconoclasm, transforming the driving rhythms of the seventh symphony into a startling tour-de-force of the art of performance.
Published in 1801, the first quartet announces Beethoven’s arrival as musical wunderkind of the new century. The young composer exhibits his command of the style of the master composers, Mozart and Haydn, and points forward to the ways he would transcend them.
Brisbane, Tuesday 26 June, 7pm
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Adult $79.00Concession $60.00 *Under 30 $30.00*Concession: Pensioners, Health Care Card Holders (including Seniors Healthcare card BUT Senior Cards without the Health Card are not eligible).