The Heath Quartet return to the Ryedale Festival next week where the late music of Beethoven takes centre stage, including all of his late string quartets. Over the course of four concerts (entitled ‘A Meeting of Minds’), these extraordinary masterpieces are heard alongside the poems they inspired T.S. Eliot to write over a century later. Renowned actor Jeremy Irons joins the quartet to read the poems.
Beethoven’s Four Quartets also introduce a festival theme of ‘time’ that is reflected in works such as Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’, Haydn’s Clock Symphony, Handel’s ‘Alcina’, Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Passing of the Year’, Vaughan Williams’s ‘On Wenlock Edge’, and Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’.
The Ryedale Festival runs from Friday 15 to Sunday 31 July. A list of the Heath Quartet’s performances can be seen below and you can view the full festival line-up (including a performance from Kristian Bezuidenhout) here.
Tuesday 19 July 2016, 19:00 | Castle Howard, York
Beethoven Quartets No.12 in E flat (Op.127) & No.13 in B flat (Op.130), T.S. Eliot ‘Burnt Norton’ read by Jeremy Irons
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 11.00 | Birdsall Church, Birdsall
Beethoven Quartet No.14 in C shap minor (Op.131), T.S. Eliot ‘East Coker’ read by Jeremy Irons
Thursday 21 July 2016, 11.00 | Church of St Michael le Belfrey, York
Beethoven Quartet No.15 in A minor (Op.132), T.S. Eliot ‘The Dry Savages’ read by Jeremy Irons
Friday 22 July 2016, 11.00 | St Johns and All Saints’ Church, Easingwold
Vaughan Williams ‘Songs of Travel’ and ‘On Wenlock Edge’, Beethoven ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ with tenor Joshua Ellicott and pianist Chris Glynn
Saturday 23 July 2016, 20.00 | Duncombe Park House, York
Beethoven Quartet No.16 in F major (Op.135) and ‘Grosse Fugue’, T.S. Eliot ‘Little Gidding’ read by Jeremy Irons