New Year Eve with Vilnius String Quartet
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN – String quartet in G major, Op. 18 No. 2 (Komplimentierquartett)
FRANZ SCHUBERT – Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass in A major, Op. post. 114 / D. 667 (Forellenquintett)
The farewell to the Old year with Schubert’s subtle Forellenquintett has become a tradition of the Vilnius String Quartet and its colleagues. On the very last evening of 2019, the Quartet performs it in Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum with a long-time partner double bassist Arnoldas Gurinavičius and Onutė Gražinytė, a younger generation pianist currently studying at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media.
Tonight the Quartet will also offer Beethoven’s charming Second string quartet in G major. The Viennese classicist worked on it in 1798–1800 and dedicated to his patron Joseph Franz von Lobkowitz, an aristocrat of Bohemia. The graceful curve of the first violin’s opening phrase has earned the work the nickname of ‘Komplimentier-Quartett’, which might be translated as ‘quartet of bows and curtseys’. The nickname may have originated from one of Haydn’s string quartets composed in 1799, which was also known as the Komplimentier-Quartett. Haydn was Beethoven’s teacher at the time.