Schubert: Quartettsatz in C minor Florent Gauthier: ‘Sabbath Bloody Viola’ for solo viola Camden Reeves: The Blue Windows (String Quartet No. 5) Shostakovich: Elegy and Polka A power-packed succession of short pieces: Schubert’s stormy Quartet movement, a solo viola homage to the group Black Sabbath by the Marseille-base..
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, Op. 76, No. 4 (‘Sunrise’) Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor (with Richard Whalley) Cherubini: String Quartet No. 2 in C The peerless sophistication of Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’, whose nickname derives from its magical opening, followed by Mozart’s darkly expressive G minor Piano Quartet (with the Univers..
Brahms: String Quartet No. 2, in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 Brahms was even more awed by the prospect writing string quartets than he was by symphonies, reportedly composing and destroying 20 of them before he was happy to release two for publication, in 1873. More lyrical than its C minor companion, the A minor ends with a spirited csárdás. F..
Thierry Muller: Clarinet Quintet (first performance), with Michel Lethiec Kryštof Maratka: Clarinet Quintet ‘Arboretum of Time’, with Michel Lethiec (UK Premiere) Dvorák: Piano Quintet, with David Fanning The Danels are joined by eminent French clarinettist Michel Lethiec in quintets by Thierry Muller, director of the Nice Conservat..
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 49 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 68 Shostakovich sets out on his string quartet path with a deceptively modest piece, composed between his first public disgrace and the rigours of wartime. As war rages he expands his horizons and produces a masterpiece of slef-assertion and defiance..
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 3 in F, Op. 73 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D, Op. 83 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 5 in B flat, Op. 92 Three masterpieces, leading to the first pinnacle of Shostakovich’s string output: No. 3 moves from playful energy, through extremes of violence and lament, to a questioning conclusion; No. 4..
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 6 in G, Op. 101 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F sharp minor, Op. 108 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 in E flat, Op. 117 In the post-Stalin era Shostakovich makes a fresh start in deceptively straightforward but profoundly touching tones. His..
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 10 in A flat, Op. 118 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 122 Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 12 in D flat, Op. 133 Shostakovich starts to ponder his legacy and the possibility of a cycle of 24 quartets in all the different keys. The classically structured, tensely dramatic Tenth is followe..
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor, Op. 138 Shostakovich: String Quartet No.14 in F sharp, Op. 142 Shostakovich: String Quartet No.15 in E flat minor, Op. 144 The darkest of the dark. The one-movement Thirteenth Quartet is tormented by intimations of death and ends in a scream of pain; the Fourteenth is suffused with lyrici..
Sofia Gubaidulina: Reflections on the Theme B-A-C-H Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, L.91 Debussy’s String Quartet of 1893, written when the composer was 31 years old, was described at the time as being ‘dominated by the influence of young Russia’. Fast-forwarding to our own time, this is paired with a work by one of Russia..