One of the most personal, enigmatic and powerfully forward-thinking of Beethoven’s quartets echoes the secrets of Mozart’s Les Dissonances
Mozart String quartet K. 465 «Dissonance»
Beethoven String quartet No. 4 op. 131
Following the death of their viola player, Friedemann Weigle, Artemis Quartet has asked to cancel their future concerts to have time to mourn, reflect and regroup. For 30 years, Friedemann Weigle was one of the most important figures of the international string quartet scene and a beloved colleague, mentor and friend. He was often seen in our Sunday Morning Concerts. The sound of his viola — so special and so moving — will remain with us for a very long time to come. Jeanine Roze Production and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées are thankful to the Belcea Quartet who have accepted to step in for Artemis Quartet for this concert.
“What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits and to learn the truth about himself in this process.” What the Belcea Quartet writes in the preface to its recording of the complete Beethoven String Quartets could also be described as their artistic creed. Celebrated for their free interpretative style, the variety of their repertoire and the dynamic between its French, Romanian and Polish members, the Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010, both ensembles united by artistic and friendship affinities.