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The Ysaÿe Quartet plays Schumann, Rihm and Beethoven

5th String Quartets Biennial

The Ysaÿe Quartet plays Schumann, Rihm and Beethoven 5th String Quartets Biennial


One of the most iconic french quartets of the 90s live on medici.tv!

A graduate from the Paris Conservatory, the Ysaÿe Quartet takes shape in 1984, when four friends find out they all have a passion for the composer they are now named after. The adventure led them to a very bright career around the world. At the Paris Conservatory, they now are the teachers.

The Cité de la musique hosts them as part of the String Quartets Biennial, founded ten years ago. They play Beethoven, Schumann and Rihm – a specialist of the genre, whose 13th string quartet was premiered on January 19, 2012 by the Arditti Quartet during this very same biennial.

This concert will also be available on www.citedelamusiquelive.tv and www.arteliveweb.com. It will be broadcast on France Musique on February 2.

© Photo: Gerard Rondeau


  • Robert Schumann, String quartet No. 3, Op. 41 No. 3
    • 1. Andante espressivo – Allegro molto moderato
    • 2. Assai agitato
    • 3. Adagio molto
    • 4. Finale. Allegro molto vivace
  • Wolfgang Rihm, Quartettstudie
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String quartet No. 12 in E flat Major, Op. 127
    • 1. Maestoso — Allegro
    • 2. Adagio, ma non troppo e molto cantabile
    • 3. Scherzando vivace
    • 4. Finale


  • Directed by:
    • Isabelle Soulard
  • Venue: Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: Jan. 21, 2012, 11 a.m.
  • Production date: 2012
  • Recording date: 21/01/2012