Saint-Georges: Six Concertante Quartets – Arabella String Quartet

June 7, 2022, 9:00 am

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A brilliant swordsman, athlete, violin virtuoso, and composer, Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, might well lay claim to being the most talented figure in an age of remarkable individuals. The string quartet was still in its infancy in France in the 1770s, but while these pieces are small in scale they are exceptionally rewarding. Saint-Georges appreciated the intimate nature of this genre, avoiding overt soloistic virtuosity and exploring chamber music timbres, amply demonstrating his rich lyrical gifts and a natural ability to delight performers and audiences alike.