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Event 3: York Chamber Music Festival
Event 3: York Chamber Music Festival
  • 1001403
  • Chiaroscuro Quartet performs Haydn Op. 76 Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December
  • Beethoven & Schubert
  • Event 3
    Friday 22 September | 7:30pm
    £15.00 (£5.00 under 18s)
    Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York

    Beethoven  -  Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 97, “Archduke”
    Schubert  -   Quintet in C Major for Strings, Op. 163, D. 956

    Festival Artists:
    Magnus Johnston, Martyn Jackson violins
    Sarah-Jane Bradley viola, Pierre Doumenge, Tim Lowe cellos
    Andrew Brownell piano

    In this concert we hear two of the greatest masterpieces of chamber music.  The ‘Archduke’ is one of the great aristocrats among piano trios. Beethoven himself, by now nearly deaf, played the piano at the first performance and it was the last time he played in public. It was the last of his sixteen piano trios and the vast proportions, emotional depth and grandeur of the ‘Archduke’ have never been surpassed.  So he left behind this genre as he turned his attention to the string quartet for the outpouring of his final chamber music works.

    Schubert did not follow Mozart and Beethoven, both of whom added a second viola to the normal string quartet for their quintets. Schubert decided instead to add a second cello, which changes the sound world to one that is darker, more sonorous. It was his last major chamber music work because two months after finishing the quintet Schubert died in Vienna, age 31, 1828. In the String Quintet Schubert, certainly knowing he was dying, had composed a transcendental, deeply intense and intoxicatingly beautiful affirmation of his life, and ours.

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