String quartets are at the very heart of chamber music. This year, to celebrate our Tenth year the Festival is again richly catered for.
The ‘Everest’ of the string quartet repertoire for me will always be the Late Quartets of Beethoven. This year we go behind the scenes into the composer’s mind and spirit as he wrestles with this revolutionary collection of chamber music masterpieces.
‘Looking Back - Looking Forward’, we welcome the return of the Dante Quartet, who sounded the Festival’s very first notes with Haydn’s Op.33 No.2 (‘The Joke’ - no hidden message intended!)
Come join Beethoven’s epic journey: afternoon and evening of Saturday 17 November.
Also old friends, but always fresh in spirit, the Brodsky’s open the Festival with Haydn’s ‘Seven Last Words’ in a unique setting with Gesualdo Responses and Indian Mediations.
In a remarkable Festival list that includes the Kopelman, Borodin, Emerson, Mosaiques, and Tetzlaff quartets, this year we extend a warm welcome to the remarkable Takács Quartet.
In 2012, Gramophone announced that the Takács was the only string quartet to be inducted into its first Hall of Fame, along with such legendary artists as Jascha Heifetz, Leonard Bernstein and Dame Janet Baker.
Their London visits normally confined to the Wigmore Hall, our thanks to John Gilhooly for guiding the Takács down our way. Their programme includes the thrilling and most romantic of Bartok Quartets (No.1), sandwiched between masterpieces by Mozart (K.387) and Brahms (Op.51 No.2)
I look forward to sharing these concerts in your company.