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In the penultimate concert of Quatuor Ébène’s six-concert cycle of the complete Beethoven quartets, the first of the three ‘Razumovsky’ quartets – in which the composer brought a new, ‘symphonic’ sense of scale to the genre – is followed by two extraordinary works from his late period, the sprawling six-movement quartet op 130 (No 13) and the refractory, densely wrought ‘Grosse Fuge’.
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 as part of its ‘Beethoven Around the World’, 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