String Quartets

Kuss Quartett

Past Dates

Joseph Haydn’s Opus 20 quartets boldly explore what at the time was still a new musical form. György Kurtág approaches the genre with extreme concentration, composing concise forms and short pieces that challenge us to listen more closely than broader more expansive approaches do. He shares this basic idea with Schumann, born more than a century earlier. Schumann developed his first string quartet from small cells linked to specific motifs, which he then gradually used to open up musical vistas.

Concert Programme

Joseph Haydn
String Quartet op. 20,2 “Le Soleil” (1772)

György Kurtág
12 Microludien op. 13 (1977/78)

Robert Schumann
String Quartet op. 41,1 (1842)