Last Wednesday saw the Edinburgh Quartet launching the second in the series of performance projects funded by Creative Scotland, Storm/Stress. The concert featured Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Beethoven’s Quartet No 11 Op 95, as introduced by Edinburgh’s Makar, Ron Butlin, following a glowing reception to Intimate Voices which launched in October last year.
Read a review of the concert from 7ahead here.
Storm/Stress focuses on the emotional power of the quartet repertoire. Borrowing its title from the Sturm und Drang literary movement in eighteenth century Germany, the quartet will focus not just on the Sturm und Drang quartets of Mozart and Haydn, but pieces such as the Grieg String Quartet and Bartok’s Quartet no.3 which are written at a high emotional temperature! Four voices, all string instruments, may at first seem to be a limited instrumentation for powerful emotional statements, but the Edinburgh Quartet show us that that some of the stormiest and most powerful music is written for the string quartet.
The Storm/Stress concerts feature:
Haydn – String Quartet Op 76 No 2
Bartok – String Quartet No 3
Grieg – String Quartet No 1 in G minor