|Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)||String Quartet no. 11 in F minor, "Serioso", Op.95|
|Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)||String Quartet Op.130 with Grosse Fuge Op.133|
|Borromeo String Quartet|
Journey back into Beethoven's mind with the Borromeo String Quartet. Violinist Nicholas Kitchen begins this evening's programme with a special lecture offering insight into Beethoven's genius. By delving into the manuscripts and scores, you'll be drawn into the composer's world and his mind to discover how his compositions for string quartet not only left their mark on all subsequent composers, but also reshaped the identity of what came to be known as "classical music". The Borromeo String Quartet will then perform Beethoven's String Quartet Op.95 "Serioso" and his String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op.130 including the visionary Grosse Fugue, Op.133 conceived as the original ending for this work. Condemned by critics at the time, the Grosse Fugue is now considered to be one of Beethoven's greatest achievements.