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Quatuor Ébène

Sunday, April 19, 2020 3 PM Zankel Hall
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Quatuor Ébène by Julien Mignot
The quartets on this program are eloquent bookends for a lifetime devoted to composing deeply personal musical statements. The mild side of Beethoven is showcased in the second quartet of his Op. 18, a work with a graceful quality reminiscent of his predecessor Haydn. At the start of the Op. 131 Quartet, Beethoven introduces a profound fugue—Wagner called it “the most melancholy sentiment ever expressed in music”—but it is only the beginning of an epic seven-movement journey that culminates in a tumultuous struggle and ultimately restless resignation.

Part of: Beethoven String Quartets and Beethoven Celebration


Quatuor Ébène
·· Pierre Colombet, Violin
·· Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin
·· Marie Chilemme, Viola
·· Raphaël Merlin, Cello



String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2

String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135

String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

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