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Beethoven: The Complete Quartets (Concert 9)

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Concert no 9 (finale) in Emily Carr String Quartet's cycle of Beethoven's complete quartets

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Concert 9 (Nov 5)

Quartet no. 6 in Bb major (Op. 18, no. 6)

Quartet no 16 in F major (Op. 135)

Christ Church Cathedral and the Emily Carr String Quartet are pleased to announce their second series together since the outbreak of the pandemic. Following on the resounding success of their “Portraits” series, the quartet will now play Ludwig van Beethoven’s complete string quartets in this nine-concert series, beginning on March 12 and running into the Fall.

Beethoven, who’s 250th birthday was intended to have been marked in 2020 by arts organizations around the world, composed 16 string quartets. Due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of many symphony seasons, celebrations and cycles of his works fell silent. But Emily Carr String Quartet’s first violinist, Müge Büyükçelen, felt that such celebrations are better late than never. “To hear a symphony or sonata by Beethoven is one thing,” she said, “but in order to truly appreciate the incredible breadth of emotion that this famously temperamental composer is capable of, one need look no further than the string quartets. Our audience was promised a cycle of these works, and we felt it was important to deliver that however possible.”

Beethoven’s early quartets were composed around 1797-1800 when the composer was in his late 20s. The middle quartets, the bulk of which consist of the three “Razumovsky” quartets (so-called because they were commissioned Russian ambassador in Vienna), range from bright and easily-accessible to the more serious number 11, which provides a foretaste of things to come. The late quartets, including the densely-contrapuntal Groβe Fuge, were composed in the final years of the then deaf and increasingly reclusive man’s life.

Christ Church Cathedral’s Director of Music, Donald Hunt, is delighted to be working again with the Emily Carr String Quartet. He said: “Providing beautiful music to the city is core to the cathedral’s mission and ministry, whether it be liturgical or concert, in-person or online. And to be once again given the opportunity to present this world-class ensemble in our beautiful sacred space is truly a privilege.”

This concert will also be livestreamed.

The Musicians

Müge Büyükçelen, violin 1

Cory Balzer, violin 2

Mieka Michaux, viola

Alasdair Money, cello

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