3, the Brentano String Quartet performs Haydn's String Quartet in F
Major, Op. 77, No. 2, the New York Premiere of Stephen Hartke's Night
Songs for a Desert Flower (Co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall), and
Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131.
Composed between 1825 and 1826, Beethoven's String Quartet in C-sharp
Minor, Op. 131, received its first Carnegie Hall performance in the
Chamber Music Hall (now Weill Recital Hall) less than a year after the
opening of the Hall on January 3, 1892, with the New York Symphony
String Quartet (Adolph Brodsky and Jules Conus, violins; Jan Koert,
viola; and Anton Hekking, cello).
Beethoven considered Op. 131 the greatest of his 16 quartets.
Although much has been written about its unconventional seven-part
structure and abstruse tonal relationships, the music’s robust lyricism
and emotional intensity have never failed to draw listeners into its
unforgettable sound world. One of the quartet's admirers was Franz
Schubert, who is said to have requested a performance on his deathbed.
from Beethoven's String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp Minor Op. 131 (VII.