Tonight's recital opens with Beethoven's Quartet No. 3: unusually light in texture, and ending, as one critic has written, in a mischievous Presto with skittery rhythms, before disappearing in the musical equivalent of a puff of smoke. Mark-Anthony Turnage's 'Winter's Edge' Quartet follows. Turnage blends classical and jazz idioms; this work was commissioned and performed by the Piattis in 2019. To end the evening, we have one of the most popular and recognisable of all string quartets: Dvořák's 'American' Quartet, strongly influenced by the rich folk-music traditions Dvořák' found in America.