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Discover: Beethoven String Quartets

Discover: Beethoven String Quartets

Building on the success of Discover the Classics, this season we’re delighted to present Discover: Beethoven String Quartets featuring cellist Gethyn Jones and the Ensemble of St Luke’s, made up of members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

When Beethoven’s Opus 59 string quartets were first performed in 1807, the cellist threw his score on the floor and stamped on it. The first violinist declared in the composer’s presence that it was ‘not music’ at all. ‘Oh, they are not for you,’ Beethoven retorted, ‘they are for a later age.’

He was right. Beethoven’s string quartets are regarded now as the pinnacle of the quartet repertoire. They tell their composer’s life story, progressing from his ebullient, truculent youth to his visionary last years. They occupy a crucial place in the development of the string quartet as a genre, and reflect the changing social and political background against which they were written.

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th year in 2020, the Ensemble of St Luke’s and Gethyn Jones survey three of Beethoven’s string quartets in this much-loved Saturday Morning Series. Combining full performances of the Quartets with Jones’ affable, informed and often humorous lectures about Beethoven, his world, his life and his music, these Saturday concerts are a great way to get closer to the music and musicians who perform it.

Each event will feature a 45 minute lecture / demonstration followed by a performance of a string quartet, with a short break in between.

Sessions take place on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm in Music Room.
£25 per session or £60 for all three sessions.

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