Haydn String Quartet in D minor, Op 76 No 2, Fifths
Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in E minor, Op 59 No 2 (‘Rasumovsky No 2’)
Formed in 2011, the Castalian Quartet comes to Buxton hot on the heels of winning the prestigious inaugural Merito String Quartet Award & Valentin Erben Prize. Haydn wrote this quartet in 1797 shortly after returning from his second trip to London, around the same time that he was working on The Creation. Gender conventions of the time prevented Fanny Mendelssohn from pursuing a musical career. In this, her only quartet, her vivid imagination and gift for lyricism are in full evidence. Beethoven’s Rasumovsky Quartets were commissioned in 1806 by Count Anton Rasumovsky, the Russian ambassador in Vienna. The third movement of this quartet features a Russian Folk song which was later also quoted in works by Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky.