Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 7.30pm
36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP
Haydn String Quartet in F minor, Op.20 No.5
Bartók String Quartet No.2 Op.17
Mendelssohn String Quartet in A minor Op.13
The idea to form the Ruisi Quartet back in 2012 was born out of a mutual desire to delve into the greatest repertoire ever written. Haydn's mastery of the medium has been an ever-present source of wonder for us, and we've long felt that this F minor Op.20 Quartet is Haydn at his most personal.
Bartók's music manages to combine the simple but moving sentiments of traditional folk music with unique inventiveness and staggering compositional technique, creating thrilling music that we hope can appeal to anyone.
In many ways, Mendelssohn's quartets really relate to the spirit of the Ruisi Quartet; youthful energy, a sense of passion and a love for life coupled with the desire to bring something uniquely personal to the music and the performance. Written when he was just 18 years old, the A minor Op.13 quartet is imbued with Mendelssohn’s fresh experiences of the excitement, joy and heartbreak of young love. It's a richly passionate work that really speaks to us as a quartet and moves us greatly whenever we perform it.