Quatuor Ébène performs Mozart and Brahms

Verbier Festival 2022

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Program notes

Watch the renowned Quatuor Ebène perform string quartets by Mozart and Brahms at the Verbier Church for a sublime chamber concert, part of the 2022 Verbier Festival. This concert is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Angelich.

The French virtuoso ensemble first plays Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14, “Spring”. The first string quartet written by the composer in his adult years, it brims with melodic chromaticism and contrasting nuances. After a first movement full of momentum, we pass to a Menuetto with singular and surprising accents before arriving at a delicate third movement, Andante cantabile, the expressive center of the work. The concert continues with Brahms’s String Quartet No. 3 in B-Flat Major, reflecting a pastoral and joyous character. Brahms himself described the Agitato minuet as “the most tender and passionate” of his compositions.


Photo: Quatuor Ébène © Julien Mignot

Quatuor Ébène appears courtesy of Warner Classics.

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