Novus String Quartet
  • Edinburgh International Festival

Hear Schubert, Britten and Brahms played by one of the most exciting South Korean chamber ensembles at their International Festival debut performance.

The Novus String Quartet is one of South Koreas leading chamber ensembles. The quartet has developed a thrilling international reputation ever since winning first prize at the Salzburg Mozart Competition in 2014. Making its International Festival debut, the quartet performs three contrasting masterpieces from the heart of the string quartet repertoire.

The concert opens with Franz Schuberts Quartettsatz, a short, poetic piece that captures the beauty of the composers bittersweet style. Benjamin Brittens Second String Quartet forms the centrepiece of the programme. Britten wrote this work after the end of the Second World War to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Henry Purcells death. Brittens tribute to his eminent Baroque forerunner takes the form of the final Chacony. This is an extended set of variations in which Baroque structure melds with Brittens rugged harmonic style. To close, Brahmss Second String Quartet embarks on a journey through the composers autumnal romanticism.

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Schubert String Quartet in C minor D703 Quartettsatz

Britten String Quartet No 2, Op 36

Brahms String Quartet in A minor Op 51 No 2

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