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This third concert in Quatuor Ébène’s six-concert cycle of the complete Beethoven quartets juxtaposes works from the composer’s early era with one of his transcendent late works.
In the Quartets Nos 4 and 5, both written around 1800, Beethoven expands the genre’s horizons with characteristic imagination and dynamism, while the Quartet No 12, composed two years before his death, is considered as the first of his late quartets. Its expansive second movement is a remarkable set of slow variations.
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 Ébène’s 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