Ciclo Beethoven / Bartók – II
Bartók – Quartetto n. 3 SZ 85
Beethoven – Quartetto n. 15 in la minore op. 132
With a career of over forty years, innumerable awards, an endless discography, collaborations with the greatest artists on the international scene – from Isaac Stern to Paul McCartney – the Emerson Quartet has reached, in recent years, the culmination of its activities. The group is anchored in the complete synergy between its two violinists, Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, who take turns playing first and second violin.
The welcome return of the New York-based musicians – one of our season’s high points – stands out for the presence of absolutely great works, including what may be the most famous of Beethoven’s late quartets – the one with the celebrated “Holy song of thanks from a convalescent to the Godhead”. It is preceded by Bartók’s Third Quartet, which marked the end of his expressionist period and the acquisition of his own path within the twentieth century’s great neoclassical current, with well-balanced movements, bow architecture and transparency in the writing – not to mention its roots in folksong.