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    The Apollon Musagète Quartet – former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists and eloquent champions of contemporary music – makes its Proms debut, bringing the European premiere of the Fifth Quartet by one of Britain’s leading living composers, Colin Matthews – a work commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival.

    It is paired with Webern’s youthful Langsamer Satz, an ecstatic piece that showcases the composer’s formal skill within a lyrical idiom.

    Of Beethoven’s six Op. 18 quartets, No. 3 is the lightest, and the hardest to pin down. The scherzo is fleeting, and even the framing movements have an unusual delicacy and wistfulness about them.

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    Langsamer Satz 12’

    Colin Matthews
    String Quartet No. 5 12’
    European premiere

    String Quartet in D major, Op. 18 No. 3 26’

    Apollon Musagète Quartet

    There will be no interval