In the dying months of the First World War, Elgar retreated into the Sussex countryside and wrote a string quartet: dark, mysterious and intensely beautiful. His wife called it “wood magic”, and it will cast its spell over the whole of this typically imaginative programme from the Castalian Quartet – a haunting contrast to the joyous sunlight of Haydn’s pioneering Quartet Op.76 No.5, and a wonderfully thought-provoking upbeat to Beethoven’s epic second ‘Razumovsky’ Quartet.
Haydn String Quartet Op.76 No.5
Elgar String Quartet Op.83
Beethoven String Quartet Op.59 No.2