25 October 15.00 (GMT + 1)
The Revolutionary Drawing Room
Beethoven – The Late Quartets
Beethoven - String Quartet in Bb major, Op. 130
Beethoven - ‘Grosse Fuge’, Op.133
Beethoven’s Op. 130, composed in 1825, is the last of his set of three quartets for the Russian Prince Nikolaus Galitzin. Larger in scale even than Op. 132, its longest movement was placed at the end, and represents a highly unusual fugal finale. ‘Incomprehensible as Chinese’ was the comment of one reviewer, and Beethoven was eventually persuaded to replace this staggering work with a more conventional Rondo form finale. The original finale became known as the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, and remains an alternative closing movement to Op. 130. This programme presents Op. 130 with its replacement Rondo finale alongside the Grosse Fuge.
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