Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18/1
Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet no. 3 ‘Light scattering’
In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.
After countless sketches and a complete revision of almost every bar Beethoven finally completed his opus 18/1. He plays with the balance between classicist expectations and the compulsion to steer his own course. The result is a deceptively light-sounding quartet that is full of virtuosity and profound depth.