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The Barcelona-based Cuarteto Casals perform three highly contrasting quartets by Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven's final and dramatic 'Rasumovsky' quartet, live from the Queen's Hall.

The Barcelona-based Cuarteto Casals perform three highly contrasting quartets; 'The Bird' from Haydn's set of six quartets from Opus 33 which was considered to be ground-breaking and crucial to the development of the string quartet form, written 'in a new and special way' according to the composer. Bartok's intense third quartet which makes use of extended technique to dramatic effect and end with Beethoven's expansive quartet from his 'Razumovsky' set commissioned by the Russian ambassador in Vienna at the time and performed live from the Queen's Hall. Presented by Donald Macleod

Haydn: Quartet in C major Op.33 No.3
Bartók: Quartet No.3 Sz 85

Interval at approx. 11.45am Rachel Podger starts her three concert Biber series this afternoon at the Edinburgh International Festival – The Rosary Sonatas. 15 mystical meditations on the life of Christ performed in Edinburgh’s oldest concert hall, St Cecilia’s Hall. Donald Macleod introduces Sonatas 1, 2 and 3 from her recording of the complete Rosary Sonatas for violin.

Beethoven: Quartet in F major Op.59 No.1 ''Razumovsky''

Cuarteto Casals

Donald Macleod (presenter)
Lindsay Pell (producer)

1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Olivier Messiaen

    Selection from Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus

    Performer: Steven Osborne.
  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet No.3

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Rosary Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, "The Annunciation"

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Marcin Świątkiewicz.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Rosary Sonata No. 2 in A Major, "The Visitation"

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Marcin Świątkiewicz.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Rosary Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, "The Nativity"

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Marcin Świątkiewicz.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet no 7 in F major, Op 59 no 1 ('Razumovsky')

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Harmonies des bois, Op. 76 - 2, Jacqueline's Tears

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Music Arranger: Werner Thomas-Mifune. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
    • Inspiration.
    • Decca.
    • 09.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Nocturne (The Gadfly Suite, Op.97a)

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
    • Inspiration.
    • Decca.
    • 4.

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