Focus Schubert – III
Schubert – Quartet No. 12 in C minor, D 703, “Quartettsatz”
– Trio for strings No. 2 in B-flat Major, D 581
– Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D 804, “Rosamunde”
The Meta4 Quartet is much more than an ingenious name. It represents, today, the finest expression of Finnish chamber music, which is alive and well and nourished by an educational network with many branches. In addition, the Quartetto has a special connection with Meta4’s musicians, who won, in 2007, a scholarship that the Society initiated in memory of Maria Teresa Bazzi, an important figure in our history. Thus we are particularly happy to welcome them on another of our seasons with a concert once again dedicated to Schubert.
A characteristic element of the programme is the presence of the String Trio in B-flat Major, D 581, the only piece in its genre that the composer completed. Schubert had in fact sketched out another work for this combination of instruments, previously used by Mozart and Beethoven, but he had never gone beyond the first movement. For that matter, the fragmentary nature of Schubert’s output is well known and applies also to his work in the quartet genre. Among the most fascinating of these fragments is the so-called Quartettsatz, an isolated movement in C minor that represents a bridge between the spontaneous talent of Schubert’s youthful instrumental works and the more mature artistic conscientiousness of his late chamber music. Among the latter group, the first creation was the Quartet in A minor, D 804, inspired by a theme from incidental music that had written for a play, Rosamunde.