Adrian Butterfield violin Kathryn Parry violin Rachel Stott viola Ruth Alford cello Reicha String Quartet in C minor Op. 49 No. 1 Cherubini String Quartet No. 3 in D minor Beethoven String Quartet in C Op. 59 No. 3 The Revolutionary Drawing Room's 2017 - 18 series presents Beethoven's ground breaking Rasumovksy Quartets alongside works by his contemporaries from Italy, Spain, Austria and Czechoslovakia. Against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars, Cherubini and Pleyel made their way in Paris, Reicha established himself as an experimental composer in Vienna and Donizetti, Arriaga and Schubert produced their first precocious works of the new Revolutionary Age. At the time Beethoven was writing the Rasumovsky quartets two significant composers were making their home in Vienna: Czech born Anton Reicha, who had been a boyhood friend of Beethoven's in Bonn, and Luigi Cherubini, a French assimilated Italian, who at Napoleon's request was directing concerts in the city.