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Quartet No 2 in G major, Op.18 No.2


Quartet No. 1 in E minor, 'Kreutzer Sonata'


Quartet No. 2 In F major, Op. 41 No. 2

Our second concert features a young string quartet, the Castalian Quartet, which is rapidly emerging as a most exciting ensemble, receiving in 2018 the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize as well as winning a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award. This season the Quartet give debut concerts in North America, Vienna, Paris, Brussels and Lucerne. Highlights over the last year have included performances of the complete Haydn Op.76 Quartets at Wigmore Hall, and concerts in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Heidelberger Frühling, East Neuk and Banff International Festivals as well as undertaking tours of China and Colombia. 

The Castalian Quartet begin with Beethoven’s delightful, graceful second quartet, and follow this with Janáček’s first Quartet which was inspired by Tolstoy’s novella The Kreuzer Sonata, about an unhappy wife having an affair with a violinist who is playing Beethoven’s Sonata of the same name. They finish with Schumann’s intensely expressive Quartet, which though known as Op. 41 No. 2, was almost certainly the first of the three Opus 41 works to be composed, and is a lovely, courteous and light-hearted piece.