From the archives, four quartets of note (well, two famous ones, one you’ve never heard of and one, heartbreakingly, without name). From top to bottom: the legendary Amadeus Quartet, in 1973, at the height of their powers; Britain’s longest-running chamber music ensemble, the Allegri, in 1960; an unnamed quartet photographed in the BBC’s Aberdeen studios in 1928 (can you name them?) and the Philip Whiteway Quartet, in a Belfast studio in the same year.
The Amadeus played for the first time as a quartet at London’s Wigmore Hall in January 1948. Tonight, listen to the Heath Quartet, live from the same venue, at 7.30pm, playing Haydn, Berg and Beethoven. And, during the interval, Stephen Johnson analyses the concert’s centre-piece, Beethoven’s Razumovsky Quartet, Op. 59, No. 3.