Founded on the principles of the rich concept of Chaos in the arts, science, and philosophy, the Chaos String Quartet takes risks and welcomes the unpredictable in its performance of the classical quartet repertoire.
In their first recital, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s String Quartet - an extraordinary, rhapsodic work - is paired with Beethoven’s favourite of his own late quartets.
The passion and colourful harmonies of Hensel’s quartet shift between darkness and light; for someone who doubted her ability to write larger-scale forms and who wrote no more quartets after this one, it is a wonderfully dramatic and distinctive work. It counts as one of the earliest surviving string quartets composed by a woman.
On hearing Beethoven’s Op.131, Schubert remarked: “After this, what is left for us to write?” The composer stated his intention to seek “a new manner of part-writing”, and in its angularly baleful key of C sharp minor, it is as impactful on the modern listener as it was on the great Schubert two centuries ago.
Please note: this concert takes place in the Britten Studio at Snape Maltings.
Susanne Schäffer violin
Eszter Kruchió violin
Sara Marzadori viola
Bas Jongen cello