Brahms’ Quartet in Bb op. 67 – the composer’s favourite of the three he wrote, according to his friend and colleague, violinist Joseph Joachim – was written in the summer of 1875 in concurrence with the First Symphony. While the symphony was of huge significance to Brahms and caused him a great deal of angst, the Third Quartet was written seemingly as light relief and as such is full of sunny moments. In this programme, Brahms is paired with two extraordinary works from the first half of the twentieth century: Bartók’s mysterious Third Quartet, featuring the folk-musical language of the composer’s native Hungary, and Janáček’s Quartet no. 1, ‘Kreutzer’, a vivid work of emotional breadth, tension and drama.
|Bela Bartók – Quartet no. 3, BB 93|
|Leos Janáček – String Quartet no.1, Kreutzer|
|Johannes Brahms – String Quartet no. 3 in B flat major, op. 67|