Haydn Quartet in D minor Op.76 No.2 The Fifths
Shostakovich Quartet No.7 Op.108
Schubert Quartettsatz in C D703
Mendelssohn Quartet Op.44 No.1 in D
Haydn wrestles a powerful musical drama out of just four notes, Schubert draws emotion out of the darkness in an enigmatic unfinished masterpiece, and Shostakovich proves that even his shortest quartet can pack a formidable punch. If there’s one thing that string quartets know, it’s that great things often come in small parcels – though there’s nothing understated about Mendelssohn’s brilliant D major Quartet, music that positively bursts with melody, emotion and joy.