The hunt

13-16 july


MOZART String Quartet No. 17 in B flat Major, "The Hunt"
WIDMANN String Quartet No. 3, “Jagdquartett”
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131


Rakhi Singh Violin
Simmy Singh Violin
Kay Stephen Viola
Adam Szabo Cello

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In the first half of this programme, we invite you to experience two very different string quartets.

Both given the name “The Hunt” by their composers, Mozart’s sunny String Quartet No. 17 in B flat Major, and Jörg Widmann’s terrifying “Jagdquartett” could not be less alike.

Widmann is one of the most celebrated of a new generation of German composers for a very good reason - his “Hunt” is thrilling, tuneful, dark, and violent. As Tom Service writes, "Widmann's essential project is to reveal the continuing vitality of Mozart or Schubert – and he brings it kicking and screaming into the present day". We couldn't agree more.

After the break, lose yourself in Beethoven’s epic String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131. This work was Beethoven’s favourite of his own last six quartets; his friends and colleagues were similarly impressed. Upon hearing it in concert, Schumann famously said "It has a grandeur which no words can express. It seems to me to stand on the extreme boundary of all that has been attained by human art and imagination”.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear these spectacular works, live in concert.