Friday 20 May | 7:45pm
Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval
Tickets £22 / £11
Zoë Beyers & Ian Watson, violins | Carol Ella, viola | Richard Jenkinson, cello
Robert Simpson - String Quartet no 8
Ludwig van Beethoven - String Quartet in C sharp minor, op 131
'The unflinching integrity of their interpretation and the excitement of their playing were consistently superb'
Founded in 1995, the Dante Quartet, one of the UK’s finest ensembles, is known for its imaginative programming and impassioned performances. Winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music and international awards for its recordings, the quartet are frequently heard on Radio 3, Wigmore Hall and Kings Place and at foremost festivals in the UK and internationally. Their series of acclaimed recordings for Hyperion have been awarded the BBC Music Magazine Award and the French Diapaison d’Or and the quartet have also recorded for Signum with celebrated tenor Andrew Kennedy.
Their programme presents two masters of the string quartet, Beethoven and Simpson, 150 years apart. Robert Simpson’s highly individual music is influenced by Nielsen, Sibelius and Shostakovich - in his 8th quartet can be heard chiming bells, an expansive fugue, muted shadowy textures and - in its tiny Scherzo - the ‘formidable delicacy’ (the composer’s words) of the mosquito. Beethoven’s quartet in C sharp minor is an immensely personal and original work, arguably the zenith of his late music. Its seven movements flow together without a break and reveal the composer at his most intimate and serene.