Yulia Kopylova, violin
Carlos Graullera Gimenez, violin
Harold Hirtz, viola
David Delacroix, violoncello
Franz Schubert (1797–1828):
Quartet movement in C minor, D 703 (1820)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827):
String Quartet in F major No. 7, Op. 59/1 (1806)
While smaller symphonies and string quartets flowed easily from the pen of the youthful Franz Schubert, his ambitions in both genres increased considerably from 1820 onwards. He did not finish three symphonies, and his gripping C minor string quartet ("Quartettsatz") also remained unfinished.
Beethoven's string quartets op. 59, on the other hand, were described by contemporaries as the "patchwork of a madman". The novelty of these works lay in the expansion of form and sound. In this respect, the F major quartet is the counterpart to Beethoven's 5th and 6th symphonies, which were written in the same period.
Four members of the Sinfonieorchester Basel perform the two string quartets for you up close! The Arc-en-ciel concerts take place in various cultural venues in the Basel region and create connections between the audience and the orchestra.