The Dante Quartet returns to King's on Sunday 13 May to play two great string quartets: Beethoven's String Quartet Op 131 and Schubert's String Quartet D887.
Beethoven's finished his Op 131 quartet in 1826, a year before his death. He once hinted it was his greatest work in the genre, and other composers have agreed.
Schubert asked to listen to it just before his own death in 1828, and remarked, 'After this, what else is left for us to write?' Robert Schumann said it stood 'on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination.'
Schubert's D887 quartet was also written in 1826 but published posthumously in 1851. It was a dramatic departure from his two previous song-based quartets. The writing is more assured and symphonic and it has a more dark and brooding atmosphere, punctuated with passionate outbursts.
Both works present technical and interpretative challenges, but in the hands of the Dante Quartet the works will be an experience to relish.
For ticketing information, see Concerts at King's.