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In this sixth and final concert of Quatuor Ébène’s Beethoven cycle, one of the composer’s earliest quartets, No 2 – written between 1798 and 1800 – shares the first half with No 16, dating from 1826, the penultimate year of his life. Originating from the same period is No 14, innovatively conceived in seven continuous movements. Reputedly Beethoven’s favourite among his quartets, it duly brings Quatuor Ébène’s cycle to an end.
Quatuor Ébène’s relationship with the Verbier Festival goes back to 2007, when its members attended the Academy. In 2020, marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the French quartet performs a complete cycle of the composer’s quartets at the Église de Verbier. The series is part of its ‘Beethoven Around the World’ tour, which extends over 18 months and more than 20 countries. The players have described the composer’s quartets as “16 masterpieces that form a canon of unparalleled breadth and depth,” adding that, “In themselves they represent an odyssey, a round-the-world voyage.”BACK TO THE PROGRAMME