Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 25.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Beethoven’s fifteenth and penultimate quartet ascends from the shadows towards the light. Movements characterised by struggle make way in the middle of the work for music of pure beauty that elevates the listener into divine realms – a breathtaking quarter of an hour one wishes would never come to an end. The heavenly music is followed by an extremely abrupt change of mood. This capriciousness, along with a deep sense of unrequited longing for something that has departed forever, ensures that one never tires of hearing these works. 

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The string quartet can in fact be summed up in five extraordinary works: the late Beethoven quartets. These works transcend all boundaries and  have retained their contemporary relevance for the past two centuries. The music is permeated by personal struggle and constantly shifts between unfathomable complexity and ethereal beauty. Using just four instrumental voices Beethoven redefined music’s universal expressive power. On six separate evenings one of these quartets will be performed at 10:30 pm.

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