A string quartet – according to the members of Quatuor Ébène – can be compared to a marriage: you need a lot of patience when dealing with each other. Added to this are passion, technical brilliance and expressiveness, which make the ensemble one of the leading string quartets of our time. In this programme, Quatuor Ébène takes a tour through the history of the genre: from Joseph Haydn’s experimental, sometimes abrasive Quartet op. 20 No. 3 to Robert Schumann’s intimate Quartet in A minor and Béla Bartók’s wistful Sixth String Quartet, composed in 1939 against the backdrop of the approaching World War.
Pierre Colombet violin
Gabriel Le Magadure violin
Marie Chilemme viola
Raphaël Merlin cello
String Quartet in G minor, Hob. III:33
String Quartet No. 6, Sz 114
String Quartet in A minor, op. 41 No. 1