Wonhee Bae & Yuna Ha violins, Jiwon Kim viola, Ye-eun Heo cello
BRIDGE Novelletten, H. 44
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F, Op. 18 No. 1
WEBERN Langsamer Satz
MENDELSSOHN Quartet in F minor, Op. 80
The Esme Quartet was formed in 2016 and comprises four Korean musicians who were studying together in Cologne. In 2018 they won the Wigmore Hall quartet competition where they gave a breathtaking performance of Beethoven’s Op. 59/2. Here they give us his first numbered quartet which, like the early piano trios, displays an incredibly assured sense of style. Bridge’s delightful miniatures date from 1904, and the achingly beautiful Webern piece from a year later. Mendelssohn’s profound final quartet was composed just a few months before he died, possibly in response to the death of his sister.
‘But it was the Esmé’s monumental Schubert Quartet in G, D. 887, that was the Michelin-starred meal.’