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York Chamber Music Festival: Event 3
Fri Sep 17 @ 7.30 pm
Concert by Festival Artists
Anthony Marwood and Pablo Hernan violins
Lilli Maijala viola Tim Lowe cello
Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Haydn wrote six quartets for his friend, the violinist Johann Tost when he left the Esterházy orchestra to freelance in Paris. Tost found a publisher and these major string quartets entered the public realm; masterpieces all, the C Major quartet full of Hungarian verve, masterly and original.
The F-Minor String Quartet was Mendelssohn’s last completed work. It is an anguished outpouring of emotion due to the death of his beloved sister; from beginning to end, a work of unprecedented intensity, with no holds barred, revealing Mendelssohn’s dark side.
Continuing the festival’s long-term exploration of Robert Schuman’s chamber music we turn this year to his A Minor string quartet. Clara’s return to Leipzig from a long concert tour triggered an intense outpouring of chamber works by her husband. Composed in the summer of 1842 we hear close reference to Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. In the slow movement Schumann truly reveals his soul, perhaps his most sublime slow movement.