The Belcea Quartet, Sunday morning, Paris

The Belcea Quartet, one of the world leading string quartets, was at the TCE to play last Sunday morning.

They had chosen 2 late works – by Bartók and Mendelssohn – which share several characteristics:
– they are both their Quartet No. 6
– they are both the last quartet they composed, even though the composers had plans for a #7
– they both relate to loss: the imminent loss of his mother and his homeland for Bartók, who could not stand the idea of his country being an ally of Nazi Germany and felt that war was unavoidable ; the loss of his sister Fanny for Mendelssohn – she was very supportive of her brother and a highly gifted pianist and composer in her own right.

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The Artis Quartet at the Silvacane Abbey

The Artis Quartet was programmed in the cloister of Silvacane Abbey as part of the “Festival International de Quatuors à Cordes du Lubéron”.

My 1st encounter with the Austrian Quartet goes back to the early 1990s, with a memorable concert at what was then known as the “Auditorium du Châtelet”, including a fabulous version of Beethoven’s 15th Quartet.

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