We are in a state of pleasant exhaustion after an exhilarating three days at Kings Place that completed our festival there. The final concert – Beethoven’s op 95 (‘Serioso’ quartet), 96 and 97 (‘Archduke’ trio) alongside David Matthews’s new Sonatina – provided transcendent music to round off an incredibly rewarding event. Many thanks to Christoph Richter and the Dante Quartet for collaborating with us.
The previous two evenings had seen four more sonatas (including the entire op 30 set in one night) alongside brilliantly contrasting new works by Elspeth Brooke, Jeremy Thurlow and Philip Ashworth. It was a memorable pleasure and inspiration to spend a morning working with Kurt Schwertsik on his ‘On the Road to Heiligenstadt’. Kurt had arrived from Vienna to hear the premiere of his wonderfully affecting partner to the A major sonata, op 30 no 1. Our opening concert in E flat had traversed Beethoven’s life from the op 1 piano trios to the op 127 string quartet. Some journey!
All of our ten new works have now received their premieres and we are now ready to take the project around the country. This autumn we begin our complete cycles in Sheffield and Cambridge, as well as performing the full set of works in a week for the Sound Festival in Aberdeen during November. A further complete cycle starts in the New Year at St Georges Bristol and we also have several individual Beethoven Plus concerts planned.
Krysia and Daniel