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Spektrix Ref 1: BQ22

 

Friday 8 April | 7.45pm 

Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25)

 

Zara Benyounes & Emily Holland, violins | Sara Roberts, viola | Kim Vaughan, cello | Jeremy Young, piano

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto in E flat, K449

Johannes Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor, op 34

  

Formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2007, the Benyounes Quartet have forged a reputation for fresh, vivid performances and refined interpretations.  Their international accolades include prizes at the 2014 Orlando String Quartet Competition and the 2012 Sandor Vegh Competition in Budapest. They have played at Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, Vienna Konzerthaus and London’s South Bank; and at festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence and Aldeburgh. Their 2019 album ‘Innovators’, featuring quartets by Beethoven, Bartók and Debussy, received 4* reviews from Gramophone, BBC Music and Strad Magazines. 

 

Their programme includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto no 14 in E flat, featured on their critically acclaimed Meridian recording with pianist Jeremy Young. The composer’s own version of the piece with a string quartet accompaniment offers a fresh, intimate perspective on one of the high points of Mozart’s early maturity.

 

Brahms’ Piano Quintet is an impassioned, warm and lyrical masterpiece which recalls Schubert and Beethoven. Initially conceived as a string quintet, Brahms transformed it into a Sonata for two pianos, a version which is still popular today. Clara Schumann, who had seen the original string quintet version, was shocked (‘many of the most beautiful ideas are lost on the piano’ she wrote) and with her encouragement, Brahms reworked it into its final form, the Piano Quintet.

 

‘..the Benyounes Quartet's performance is masterful, and totally engaging throughout…’

The Strad

 

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