Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 2, op. 18/2
Mieczysław Weinberg Improvisation & Romance
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.
The first notes of this quartet evoke images of Viennese courts and palaces; gracious bows and nods in golden ballrooms; the young Beethoven eager to claim his place in the tradition of his predecessors. It is an elegant and invigorating quartet, cast in a traditional form.
Quatuor Danel has a special link to the Weinberg piece they have chosen to perform alongside Beethoven’s work: in 2018 they gave the world première of the work, which was written in 1950.