12 November | 7:45pm| £24 / £20
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Krysia Osostowicz and Ian Belton, violin | Paul Cassidy, viola | Jacqueline Thomas, cello
Karen Tanaka - At the grave of Beethoven (1999) 9'
Anton Webern - Six Bagatelles op 9 (1913) 4'
Franz Schubert - String Quartet in G major D887 (1826) 45'
'They are one of a handful of string quartets that have come to represent an elite in redefining the nature and function of a string quartet ensemble.' The Scottish Herald
Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 3000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, and their passion for educational work enables them to pass on experience to the next generation.
Karen Tanaka (b.1961) is one of Japan's leading composers. She has composed extensively for the concert hall, film and electronic media. Her music is delicate, exquisitely crafted and beautifully proportioned. 'At the grave of Beethoven' was commissioned by the Brodsky Quartet on the occasion of the bicentenary of Beethoven's opus 18 upon which the work is based.
Webern's Six Bagatelles are among the most fleeting and condensed works of his whole output. When first published, the Bagatelles seemed so extraordinary that Schoenberg was asked to write a preface to the score. 'These pieces', he wrote, 'will only be understood by those who share the faith that music can say things which can only be expressed by music. May this silence sound for them!'
In contrast, Schubert's last and greatest string quartet is an epic work even by his standards, and seems to contain all facets of his personality: a vast range of expression with opposite extremes juxtaposed within the space of a few bars.