Friday 10 May 2013 7:30PM
Takács Quartet; Ralph Kirshbaum cello
Beethoven and Schubert
- Takács Quartet
- Ralph Kirshbaum cello
Wigmore Hall’s Associate Artists, the Takács Quartet, explore two towering masterworks of chamber music in their latest programme. They join forces with Ralph Kirshbaum for Schubert’s C major String Quintet, completed a few months before the composer’s death in 1828 and overlooked for publication for another quarter century.
Over the past 160 years, the work has acquired near-mythic status as one of the greatest of all chamber compositions. Beethoven’s String Quartet in C sharp minor Op. 131 likewise inhabits the pantheon reserved for great works of art. The piece, written two years before Schubert’s String Quintet, pushes at the limits of human imagination.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
- String Quintet in C major D956