This is the first of Beethoven's three quartets commissioned by his patron, Prince Andreas Razumovsky, then the Russian ambassador to Vienna. Razumovsky, an accomplished amateur musician himself, kept three of Vienna’s most accomplished string players on retainer so that he could play second violin in quartets with them.
Deftly incorporating Russian themes, the Razumovsky quartets met with critical interest from the outset - "3 new, very long, and difficult Beethoven quartets . . . are attracting the attention of all connoisseurs. They are profoundly thought through and admirably worked out, but are not easily comprehended", wrote the famous Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung newspaper in 1807.
Come and see what you make of no.1!
The Caroline Chisholm School integrates with the local community and has been described as "the future of all learning environments". The school, in south Northampton, achieved an 'outstanding' outcome from its Ofsted report in July 2009.
Fiori Musicali are one of the UK’s principal providers of baroque and classical music outside London.
www.fiori-musicali.com. Dr Penelope Rapson's Music Appreciation evenings are normally on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 to 9pm.
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