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Artemis Quartet

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

The boldly compelling Artemis Quartet return with stirring masterworks by Barber, Britten and Schubert.

The Berlin-based ensemble make their second appearance in our International Chamber Music Series after rave reviews in 2014, when Classical Source described their performance as ‘near ideal’.

The second movement of Samuel Barber’s String Quartet became a popular hit in an arrangement for string orchestra, but its Romantic melodies and emotional depths are just as touching in its original form.

It’s followed by Britten’s String Quartet No.2, dedicated to the memory of Britten’s favourite composer, the 17th-century British trail-blazer Purcell. The grand final movement features 21 variations on a theme.

The climax of the evening is Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartet, composed in ill health just four years before he died, and when, as he wrote to a friend, ‘his most brilliant hopes ha[d] perished’.

The set of variations on Schubert’s earlier song, in which a frightened maiden begs death not to touch her, is full of sombre yearning.

Near ideal
Classical Source


Artemis Quartet


Barber: Molto adagio from String Quartet, Op.11
Britten: String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor, D.810 (Death & the Maiden)

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple International Chamber Music Series events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 3 – 4 events (10% discount); 5 or more events (20% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.


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Book 3 to 4 events in the International Chamber Music Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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