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A free concert at the Goethe-Institut Wellington, celebrating the work of Germany's greatest composer, Ludwig van Beethoven.
The NZSQ will play one of his earliest quartets, Quartet in G, opus 18 no 2, published in 1801, and a quartet from his so-called 'middle period', the Quartet in E minor, opus 59 no 2. The E minor quartet is one of the 'Rasumovsky Quartets', composed in 1805–06 for the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Count Andreas Rasumovsky.
The Rasumovsky Quartets reflect a sharp departure from Beethoven’s earlier chamber music, which had been written in a simpler style with Vienna’s many amateur ensembles in mind. The Rasumovsky Quartets are richer and more varied, with intricate layering of parts and ambitious development of themes, placing heavy technical demands on the players.
Beethoven String Quartet in G, opus 18 no 2
Beethoven String Quartet in E minor, opus 59 no 2