MAXWELL QUARTET string quartet

Wednesday 17 April 2024 7:30pm

Haydn       String quartet in E flat, op 20 no. 1

Haydn       String quartet in F minor, op 20 no. 5

Beethoven String quartet in C sharp minor, op 131

The Maxwell Quartet is formed of four close friends, who grew up playing folk and classical music together in youth orchestras and music schools across Scotland and came together in 2010 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Now reckoned one of Britain’s finest young string quartets, they won first prize at the 2017 Trondheim Chamber Music Competition. The Gramophone greeted their CD of Haydn’s op 74 quartets as ‘fresh, unaffected playing … with an authentically Haydnesque joie de vivre.’

For this concert they bring to Ilkley two of Haydn’s earlier op 20 quartets, often thought to mark an important milestone in his development of the genre, together with Beethoven’s profound last-composed quartet, op 131, which is where he went furthest in experimenting with the form and of which Schubert is reported to have said – ‘After this, what is left for us to write?’