Britten 3 Divertimenti
Bridge 3 Idylls
Haydn Quartet Op.103 (unfinished)
Beethoven Quartet in A minor 132
Genius doesn’t always love company. When Haydn taught Beethoven, they didn’t really hit it off. But then, we’re talking about the two supreme masters of the string quartet, and Haydn’s unfinished last quartet actually makes a wonderfully poignant counterpart to Beethoven’s heartbreaking Op.132: a suffering genius praying through his music, and finding both strength and profound beauty in response.
Benjamin Britten had a much warmer relationship with his teacher Frank Bridge – and their spring-fresh miniatures are a gateway into a world that may surprise and delight even British music fans who think they’ve heard it all!