Quatuor Ebene and Martin Frost at Wigmore Hall
Recorded at Wigmore Hall, Quatuor Ebene play Beethoven's String Quartet in G, Faure's Stromg Quartet in E minor and, with Martin Frost, Brahms's Clarinet Quintet in B minor.
'It is enough to give all those people who are not Beethoven the jitters!' wrote Gabriel Fauré to his wife as he began his string quartet in 1923, the year before he died. Stravinsky's Rite of Spring was already a decade old, Schoenberg had embarked on serialism and the composers of Les Six were the toast of fashionable Paris. But Fauré ploughed on in his unique modal style and his quartet in fact owes little to Beethoven, let alone to any of Fauré's contemporaries. Brahms's Clarinet Quintet is another late, great work which finds its composer at the height of his powers, comfortable with himself in old age. By contrast, Beethoven's Quartet in G major, Op.18, No.2 is Beethoven in unbuttoned, richly humorous mood, playful and witty. It's a programme which demands superb musicianship and which has it in abundance with Quatuor Ebène and clarinettist Martin Fröst.
Recorded yesterday at Wigmore Hall and presented by Martin Handley.
Beethoven: String Quartet in G major, Op.18, No.2
Fauré: String Quartet in E minor, Op.121
Faure: Masques et bergamasques - suite Op.112
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Martin Fröst (clarinet)