with Colin Carr, cello
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Praised in BBC Music Magazine as “one of the most prestigious chamber ensembles in the USA,” the Miró Quartet performs two great, broadly-scaled works dating from their composers’ incredibly communicative twilight years. Completed in 1826, Beethoven’s Op. 135 was his very last quartet (and his second-to-last creation). Only the revised finale of Quartet No. 13, Op. 130, created as a replacement for the Grand Fugue, Op. 133, was still to come. Op. 135 is smaller in scale than his other “late” quartets. He clearly had weighty philosophical ideas in mind while creating it. He called the finale “The Difficult Decision,” and in the manuscript score he wrote over this movement’s two themes “Must it be?” and “It must be!”
Celebrated British cellist Colin Carr, hailed in the Calgary Herald for producing “some of the most memorable performances we will ever likely hear in this part of the world,” joins the Miró Quartet for Schubert’s monumental and emotionally profound String Quintet. One source of its inspiration was a quintet that Beethoven had not completed. The instrumentation of the Schubert includes a second cello rather than the second viola typical of most string quintets, lending this glorious music an increased dimension of warmth.