HAYDN Quartet in G, Op 33 No 5 [BSQ]
SHOSTAKOVICH Quartet No 8 in Cm, Op 110 [PHQ]
MENDELSSOHN Octet in E-flat, Op 20
Belcea String Quartet
Pavel Haas Quartet
Playing together for the first and only time, these two wonderful quartets form an octet for music that offers more joy per second than any other we know. Before it, two different and powerful masterpieces: Haydn’s life-affirming joy contrasting with Shostakovich’s profound tragedy.