The Philharmonia Quartet plays Szymanowski, Beethoven and Janáček
The Philharmonia Quartet has a penchant for unusual programming. In this concert, it presents two milestones of the modern quartet repertoire: Karol Szymanowski’s 1927 Second String Quartet, and Leoš Janáček’s String Quartet No. 2 Intimate Letters, written almost a the same time, and in which he makes a musical declaration of love to the 38-years-younger Kamilla Stösslova, the muse his final years. Between these two works, they also perform the sixth of the op. 18 string quartets by Ludwig van Beethoven.