Gramophone makes an appearance in UK cinemas this coming weekend with the release of A Late Quartet. The film, directed by Yaron Zilberman, tells the tale of a world-renowned string quartet, rocked on the eve of their 25th anniversary season by the news that their cellist, played by Christopher Walken, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His intended departure provokes a series of crises as the three remaining quartet members – played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir – struggle with the personal and professional upheaval.
The film’s soundtrack makes extensive use of Beethoven’s Quartet No 14, Op 131 performed by the Brentano String Quartet, and features mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in the role of singer Miriam Mitchell.
The film’s creators came to Gramophone in February 2012 requesting permission to use an imitation cover of the magazine featuring the fictional quartet. Our art editor duly mocked up a Gramophone cover showcasing the four actors with their instruments. Eagle-eyed cinema goers will see the invented issue of Gramophone on screen from this Friday, April 5, when the film is released in UK cinemas.
Watch a trailer for A Late Quartet below: