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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Beethoven & Shaw

Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall, SE1 8XX, [Venue Details]

Enjoy two emotion-packed string quartets in this free evening concert with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw was inspired to write Entr’acte after listening to a Haydn String Quartet. In its haunting harmonies and textures, traces of the classical string quartet seem to echo across the centuries.

Beethoven, too, took Haydn’s String Quartets as a starting point, then made the genre his own. The pizzicato (plucked) passages in the first movement of his Op. 74 quartet, which led to its Harp nickname, link it to Shaw’s work.

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