The Elias String Quartet return

PUBLISHED: 15:24 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:04 05 April 2013

The Elias String Quartet return

The Elias String Quartet return

Back at Reading's Concert Hall for The Beethoven Project

Following a fantastic concert in November, the Elias String Quartet return to The Concert Hall, Reading, for the second of this seasons concert. The quartet loved the hall and commented in their blog on its fantastic acoustics and also seeing lots of young people in the audience. Thy are looking forward to their return on Saturday 16 March.

The programme for the second concert includes the Op.130 quartet in Bflat Major. Beethoven sketched at least a dozen possible finale themes before deciding on a gigantic fugue for this quartet.

It became much bigger than originally intended, for after reporting in late August (1825) that the quartet would be finished in ten to twelve days, he did not complete it until about December. He was so justly proud of the fugue as a work of art, he decided to turn the it into a self-standing work too a Great Fugue, Op. 133 which could be appreciated better on its own than after five other movements.

It was tried out on 21 March (1826) as part of the full quartet, but the audience were bewildered by the fugue, and in September he decided to write a new finale. For this concert, the Elias String Quartet will perform the new 1826 version.

The other works in the programme are the D Major Op.18 No.3 and F minor Op.95 quartets.

Formed in 1998 the Elias String Quartet are now firmly established as one of the most intense and vibrant ensembles of their generation with a busy international schedule and a string of recordings and accolades to their name.

A wonderful and wonderfully ambitious project has just been launched by the young Elias Quartet, a truly in-depth approach to the complete Beethoven quartets Its a splendid venture, generously sponsored by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, a great supporter of classical music to whom were all indebted. Gramophone Magazine

Tickets for this concert start at just 12*. Concessions, Pre-booked children & students, schools and Standby Student rates are all available, from as little as 5 per ticket. Or if youve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a 10 Test Drive ticket. Please contact the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 to book, or for more details.

Full details of Classical Music Alive in Reading 2012-2013 are available online at or call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 for a free brochure.

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