Music, Passion, Beethoven
A Late Quartet

Talks & Docs: Convo-Film

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31 July 2020 10:00 Cinéma de Verbier

CHF 10.-

Members of the Quatuor Ébène take a break from their monumental ‘Beethoven Around the World’ project to discuss virtuosity, instinct, passion and how the search for a singular collective vision can make or bring a string quartet. Charles Sigel leads this conversation that’s precedes a screening  of  A Late Quartet—a film whose musical centrepiece is fittingly Beethoven’s Quartet in C sharp minor Op. 131.
“‘A Late Quartet’ has an important point to make about classical music. For the musicians who play it, especially intimate chamber works in which the group members have to think, feel and breathe as one, their instruments are vehicles for conveying strong emotion. Without passion, a performance, no matter how impeccable, is just a technical feat.” — The New York Times


(2010 / 105′ / Y. Zilberman) vostfr

After a classical string quartet’s 25 years of success, Peter, the cellist and oldest member, decides that he must retire when he learns he has Parkinson’s Disease. For the others, that announcement proves a catalyst for letting their hidden resentments come to the surface while the married members’ daughter has disruptive desires of her own. All this threatens to tear the group apart even as they are famous for playing Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 Op. 131, a piece that is played non-stop no matter how life interferes.