16 July 2020
'This Quartet is … never to be performed in public!'
When Beethoven first composed his "Serioso" quartet, he was worried its ‘extreme abbreviation’, as the musicologist John Daverio puts it, was out of step with public taste, and would make the piece unpopular. He’d written it with only ‘a small circle of connoisseurs’ in mind.
Now, the quartet’s incredibly taut structure – not an ounce of padding – is celebrated.
Here, the Sydney Symphony Fellows play the first movement of this lively piece.
Special thanks to Violin Fellow Brian Hong (pictured) for his great capture of this video!