Beethoven’s Op.132 inspired Eliot’s great long-form poem on themes of time, ageing and regret, Four Quartets.
He wrote to a friend: ‘There is a sort of heavenly – or at least more than human – gaiety about some of [Beethoven’s] later things which one imagines might come to oneself as the fruit of reconciliation and relief after immense suffering; I should like to get something of that into verse before I die.’
In this performance of the Four Quartets, actors interweave the text with the five movements of the Beethoven performed by the Doric Quartet in an enthralling re-imagining of two extraordinary works of art.
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Text: TS Eliot Four Quartets
Music: Beethoven String Quartet No.15 Op.132
Robin Brooks and Fiona McAlpine directors