The Art of String Quartet Vol. 1

feat. Shostakovich, Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy & Mendelssohn

There is something about the string quartet repertoire that acts almost like a homing beacon to all musicians striving for perfection, and the moment you take a closer look you realise why.

That it's where composers have often been both at their most personal and soul-bearing, and also at their most experimental and innovative. Then there's the sheer amount of it; you'd need three lifetimes at least to explore it all. Plus, in order to then make this music flower you need to be completely artistically in sync with three other people. In other words, it's a true challenge, to the extent that many soloists would say it blows concertos out of the water in terms of job satisfaction, and why so many other artists wouldn't give up their membership of a quartet for a soloist's career. The five quartets we've chosen here firmly make that point, too: Shostakovich's anguished “Dresden” Quartet No 8, Mozart's “Hunt” Quartet No 17 written as a homage to his older friend Haydn, and three other quartets which all broke the mould in their own individual ways: Beethoven's Quartet No 14, Debussy's String Quartet and Mendelssohn's A minor Quartet. We hope you enjoy!

Curation: Charlotte Gardner, Natascha Klotschkoff

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • The Art of String Quartet Vol. 1

  • An introduction to Shostakovich — String Quartet No. 8 in c minor op. 110

  • String Quartet No. 8 in c minor op. 110 Preview Only

    Dmitri Shostakovich

    Pacifica Quartet2010; 2011
  • An introduction to Mozart — String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major KV 458 »Jagd-Quartett« (Haydn Nr. 4)

  • String Quartet No. 17 in B flat major KV 458 »Jagd-Quartett« (Haydn Nr. 4) Preview Only

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Jerusalem Quartett2010
  • An introduction to Beethoven — String Quartet No. 14 in c sharp minor op. 131

  • String Quartet No. 14 in c sharp minor op. 131 Preview Only

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Belcea Quartet2011; 2012; 2013
  • An introduction to Debussy — String Quartet in g minor

  • String Quartet in g minor Preview Only

    Claude Debussy

    Amaryllis Quartett2015
  • An introduction to Mendelssohn — String Quartet op. 13 in a minor

  • String Quartet op. 13 in a minor Preview Only

    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

    Mandelring Quartett2011

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