The St Paul’s Quartet’s concert will open with one of Borodin’s most well-known works (thanks to the beautiful ‘Notturno’ third movement), his second string quartet. Borodin dedicated this quartet to his wife, perhaps as a gift for their 20th anniversary, and is said to depict their first meeting. Composed just two years before his death, Beethoven’s A minor quartet is also known as the ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ Quartet, after the third movement, the emotional core of the work, which is subtitled ‘Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart’ (Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity).
Borodin Quartet No.2 in D
Talk by William Ludwig on Beethoven’s A minor quartet
Beethoven Quartet in A minor Op. 132
Beatrix Lovejoy (violin)
Catherine Morgan (violin)
Helen Paterson (viola)
Ben Chappell (cello)
£10 advance, £12 on the door.
Main Hall. Ground floor. Fully accessible.
This is a Conway Hall Charitable Programme and is tax-exempt.