Tuesday, September 11, 8.00 pm
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Programme

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96, B. 179, ‘American’ 

Great quartets written during three different periods – that would be a possible, brief characterisation of the dramaturgy of this concert, which will be held on the lovely premises of the Convent of Saint Agnes. Besides High Classicism represented by one of Mozart’s late quartets dedicated to the King of Prussia, who is said to have been an excellent cellist, there will be a performance of the quartet from Dvořák’s American period, regarded as one of the most famous works of the quartet literature. Representing the modern era will be Béla Bartók’s last quartet. The Belcea Quartet, a legendary ensemble from London, will take on this demanding programme with its typical perfectionism.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00

Artists

Belcea Quartet

The Belcea Quartet was founded in 1994 in London, and with remarkable speed it has earned a privileged position among the leading quartets of the younger generation. Its repertoire encompasses a wide range of works, from the Viennese classics to music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, as well as premieres of music by contemporary composers. In 2001 the ensemble won a prestigious prize from the journal Gramophone for the best debut album, and from 2001 to 2006 is was the quartet-in-residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. It is a regular guest at many international festivals (Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, Lucerne), and so far it has given successful tours of the Netherlands, England, Australia, the USA, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Its highly awarded recordings have included string quartets by Schubert, Brahms, and Mozart, and since 2014 the ensemble has been working on an ambitious project to record the complete quartets of Ludwig van Beethoven.

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.