A divine trinity. Schumann's work was the most ambitious and advanced piano quartet written up to that point, the last and greatest work of his most productive year; Mendelssohn (who, along with Mozart, had made his own substantial contribution to this genre) praised it. Bridge's single-movement Phantasie was commissioned in 1910 by WW Cobbett, a keen amateur chamber music player and patron of British composers. Contemporary with the Eighth Symphony, Dvořák's E flat Quartet was written in six weeks after much pressure from his publisher following the success of his earlier quartet – see Tuesday.
12:00pm, Friday 14 August 2015
A £22 / B £14 RV Allocated Seating
Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47 27'
Bridge Phantasie Piano Quartet in F sharp minor 12'
Dvŏrák Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major, Op.87 34'
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