Beethoven String quartet op.59 no.1 “Razumovsky”
Allegretto vivace e sempre scherzando
Adagio molto e mesto - attacca
“Thème Russe”: Allegro
Patrizia Lichtscheidl, violin 1
Marie Lestrelin, violin 2
Anita Kurowska, viola
Daniel Pini, cello
The three Razumovsky quartets, which take their name from the Russian Ambassador to Vienna who commissioned them, mark Beethoven’s second take on the quartet genre after the six op.18, and take the string quartet to a whole new level of emotional range. Mixing Russian themes with some of the main features of Beethoven’s mature compositional period, they throw the audience into a rhythmic and melodic landscape that was no doubt unheard of at the time, to the point that a contemporary exclaimed, upon hearing them for the first time: “they’re not music”. Beethoven replied by saying: “they’re not for you, but for a later age”. The first quartet, performed by the Diandama Quartet in this concert, is the largest of the three in proportions and perhaps the richest in contrasts, with a thoroughly developed slow movement nestled between a monumental first movement and the Russian dance of the finale.
Diandama Quartet was formed in 2019 by members of Southbank Sinfonia who, despite diverse backgrounds, discovered a shared love of telling stories through music. The quartet is made up of members from Austria, France, Poland and Australia and regularly performs a range of music from Mozart to Glass in the UK and throughout Europe. Described as ‘a beautiful musical friendship on stage’, Diandama aim to communicate their love of music and its ability to move hearts and minds.