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Very rarely in history does someone arrive on Earth touched with such a force of invention that they change everything. Beethoven was such a person – born 250 years ago – a genius without parallel in music.

In each of the three On-line concerts I have selected one work to represent or point to key moments in Beethoven’s artistic evolution and spiritual journey. It was Beethoven’s great tragedy that for much of his adult life he became progressively deaf until there was nothing left. It would seem that as his outer-ear faded so his inner-ear quickened.

In the rest of the programme we play music most of which can be thought of as a legacy of Beethoven’s impact. We are playing some of the most iconic quintets with the added instrument filling out the texture and voice of the string quartet.

EVENT ONE 18/09/20 at 7:30pm

Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, ‘Serioso’ Herbert Howells – Fantasy String Quartet, Op. 25 Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44

EVENT TWO 19/09/20 at 7:30pm

Beethoven – String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op.18, No. 1
Josef Suk – Piano Quartet in A Minor, Op.1
César Franck – Piano Quintet in F minor

EVENT THREE 20/09/20 at 7:30pm

Beethoven – String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
Antonín Dvořak – String Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 97


Simon Blendis (violin)
Charlotte Scott (violin)

Matthew Jones (violin and viola)
Jon Thorne (viola)
Tim Lowe (cello)

Katya Apekisheva (piano)

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We hope you can join us for some wonderful live music from York. Stay safe and well.

Tim Lowe
(Artistic Director)

Event Date: 19/09/2020 7:30 pm - 20/09/2020 10:30 pm

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