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The Revolutionary Drawing Room

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St John's Smith SquareSmith Square, London, London, Greater London, SW1P 3HA, United Kingdom
On Sunday 6 May 2018 at 15:00
Programme
Reicha, Anton (1770-1836)String Quartet in C minor, Op.49 no.1
Cherubini, Luigi (1760-1842)String Quartet no. 3 in D minor
Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)String Quartet no. 9 in C major, "Razumovsky", Op.59 no.3
Performers
Adrian ButterfieldViolin
Kathryn ParryViolin
Rachel StottViola
Ruth AlfordCello

The Revolutionary Drawing Room’s 2017 – 18 series presents Beethoven’s ground breaking Rasumovksy Quartets alongside works by his contemporaries from Italy, Spain, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, Cherubini and Pleyel made their way in Paris, Reicha established himself as an experimental composer in Vienna and Donizetti, Arriaga and Schubert produced their first precocious works of the new Revolutionary Age. 

At the time Beethoven was writing the Rasumovsky quartets two significant composers were making their home in Vienna:  Czech born Anton Reicha, who had been a boyhood friend of Beethoven’s in Bonn, and Luigi Cherubini, a French assimilated Italian, who at Napoleon’s request was directing concerts in the city. 

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