Quartet ending epic journey through Beethoven’s works

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Elias String Quartet, 
Upper Chapel, Surrey Street

Sheffield-based Music in the Round opens its spring series with a concert from this internationally-renowned quartet, who will perform the final two instalments of the complete Beethoven string quartets this Friday and on Tuesday, March 3.

The concerts will also be performed at Wigmore Hall in London this spring.

Martin Saving of Elias String Quartet said: “We are delighted to be presenting this concert in partnership with Music in the Round in Sheffield, where we spent time earlier in our career as part of the first line-up of Ensemble 360.

“Our journey through the Beethoven string quartets began in 2011 and we have performed his work all over the world. It feels both strange and exciting to have reached the final instalment.

“Regardless of whether Beethoven intended Op.135 to be his final statement or not, I find it hard to see it as anything other than profound.

“It gives an impression of being between this life and the next, and what better way to go than with a bang?”

At the heart of each of the concerts lies one of the Razumovsky quartets. Musicians of the day reacted angrily to these quartets, complaining that they “were not music” and that the scores were a waste of money. Beethoven responded: “They are not for you; they are for a later age.”

To learn more about the Elias concert series, go to www.

Friday’s concert starts in the chapel on Surrey Street at 7.30pm. Box office: 0114 249 6000 or go online at www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk