From autumnal brilliance to youthful energy, in the first of three 'Quartets Plus' concerts – see also here and here. Capriccio's curtain-raiser, Strauss's final chamber piece after a break of over 50 years, takes us to one of Beethoven's first quartets (see also here and here) and Shostakovich's cheeky and edgy 1925 octet (written at the same time as his 1st Symphony). On the completion of his Octet, the 16-year-old Mendelssohn said "I had the most wonderful time in the writing of it"… audiences ever since have shared that wonder.
with the Chilingirian Quartet*
9:00pm, Thursday 7 August 2014
A £24 B £15 RV Allocated Seating
R Strauss Capriccio: Introduction for string sextet, Op.85* 11'
Beethoven String Quartet in G major, Op.18 No.2 24'
Shostakovich Two pieces for string octet, Op.11* 10'
Mendelssohn String Octet in E flat major, Op.20* 32'
The Fine Arts Quartet ranks among the most distinguished ensembles of modern times, with an illustrious history of performing success and an extensive recording legacy. Founded in Chicago in 1946, and based at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1963, the Quartet is one of the elite few to have recorded and toured internationally for over half a century.
In 1971 four prizewinning musicians met in London and decided to dedicate themselves to chamber music. Within a short time the Chilingirian Quartet was making an impact, with BBC and World Service broadcasts soon followed by invitations to the Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh and Bath festivals and to the most important cities throughout Europe.