Wed 10 May, 7:30pm
Venue: Martin Hall
£13 / £10 conc. / £5 students
Haydn - String Quartet op.20 no.4
Arvo Pärt - Summa
Beethoven - String Quartet op.95
Dvorak – String Quartet No 12 in F major Op. 96, ‘American’ String Quartet
The Carducci Quartet recently received the Chamber Music and Song 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, the highest recognition for live classical music and musical excellence in the United Kingdom. We wonder if this award had anything to do with their Shostakovich 15 project in August 2015. Because during this event, they showed an almost otherworldly stamina by doing the unthinkable: performing the complete cycle of Shostakovich’s 15 (fifteen!) string quartets in one single day. Playing nearly seven hours of music, in four concerts with barely an hour between each not only demanded a huge amount of dedication from the quartet - consisting of Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming on violin, Eoin Schmidt-Martin on viola and Emma Denton on cello - it also required an unusual focus from the audience. The dedication of the quartet paid off, with raving reviews about the concert and a cheering audience.
The concert at Martin Hall will be a bit less marathon-like, but nonetheless something to look forward to! The Quartet will be performing a selection of popular classical music tonight, featuring both contemporary music from the likes of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and some more familiar music including Haydn and Beethoven.