The composer’s musical loyalty to his homeland can be heard in the second and third movements, strongly influenced by Czech folk music.
The piano quintet is performed alongside another enduringly popular chamber work, Beethoven’s Op.127 Quartet in E flat. Considered the pinnacle of writing for the form, Beethoven’s late string quartets offer an irresistible combination of formal complexity and heartfelt expression.
Written in 1825, as the composer’s health worsened towards the end of his life, the quartet conveys a sense of deep, occasionally prayerful, rumination.
About St John’s Smith Square
Pavel Haas Quartet
Denis Kozhukhin piano
Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.127
Dvorák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A, Op.81