BELCEA QUARTET

SCHUBERT, SZYMANOWSKI, BRAHMS

© Marco Borggreve

Artists

Belcea Quartet

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Program

Franz Schubert

String Quartet in C minor D 703 "Quartettsatz"

Karol Szymanowski

String Quartet No. 1 in C major Op. 37

Johannes Brahms

String Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op. 51/1

Duration: c. 1h without intermission

Toward the end of the 1860s, Johannes Brahms was struggling to finish his First String Quartet—and trying to emerge from the dominating shadow of Beethoven. He indirectly drew support from Franz Schubert, who had found himself in a similar situation when working on his “Quartet Movement” half a century earlier. Not only was Brahms instrumental in arranging the posthumous premiere of Schubert’s groundbreaking fragment, it also had an audible influence on his own C-minor Quartet. The Belcea Quartet juxtaposes these two pieces with Karol Szymanowski’s First Quartet, which, in its highly individual way, also pays homage to Beethoven.

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