Another Sibelius rarity to mark his 150th anniversary – a piano quartet with two violins but no viola – and another lesser-known work by Schubert, his first work for piano and strings. Beethoven's Op.16 is more commonly heard in its version as a Quintet for piano and winds, for which Beethoven's model was Mozart's Eb Quintet K452. To close, the first of Dvořák's two piano quartets (see also next Friday), the last of three intimate works written in spring 1875, composed in just over 2 weeks and yet not performed until 5 years later.
9:00pm, Tuesday 11 August 2015
A £23 / B £15 RV Allocated Seating
Sibelius Piano Quartet in C minor 8½’
Beethoven Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.16 23’
Schubert Adagio and Rondo Concertante in F major, D487 14’
Dvořák Piano Quartet No.1 in D major, Op.23 32’
The Frith Piano Quartet was formed in 2000. The group has performed the complete piano quartets of Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré and Mozart but also takes a keen interest in performing gems that are not so often heard in the concert hall by the likes of Frank Bridge, Sir Arthur Bliss and Richard Strauss. Recent concerts have been at both the Buxton and the Paxton Festivals.
Robert Heard and Richard Jenkinson worked together for several years in the front desks of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, when together with Louise Williams they were asked to become part of the Frith Piano Quartet by Benjamin