This is the compelling story of the growth of a great mind, in three snapshots from Beethoven’s epoch-making series of string quartets. The young man’s passionate adagio, based on Romeo and Juliet, is overtaken just eight years later by a revolutionary genius leaving his contemporaries far behind, exploring the mysterious spaces between harmonies.
Finally, the dying composer gives ‘Holy Thanksgiving’ for a reprieve from illness, in some of the most radiant and searching music ever written. Between these snapshots come two of Pärt’s serene miniatures, and a recent work by the fine young New Zealand composer Salina Fisher.
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Da Pacem Domine
String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 no. 1, 2nd movement Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
String Quartet no. 9 in C major, Op. 59 no. 3, second movement Andante con moto quasi allegretto
String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Opus 132, no. 3, third movement, ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’