It is no accident that the key of Mendelssohn’s last major work is the same as Beethoven’s Op.95, heard last Sunday, Rachmaninov’s Trio, to be heard tomorrow morning, and Shostakovich’s Op.122, to be heard next Saturday: its sense of anguish and foreboding reflects his torment over the death of his beloved sister Fanny. The Quartet is joined by Tom Poster in one of Shostakovich’s best-loved works, which immediately earned him both state and public appreciation – typically, he immediately donated the cash that came with the 1940 Stalin Prize for this work to impoverished Muscovites.
7:30pm, Tuesday 30 July 2019
A £24 B £16 RV Allocated Seating
Haydn String Quartet in D major, Op.20 No.4 24½’
Mendelssohn String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80 25½’
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op.57* 32½’
Founded in 1997, the Carducci Quartet has won numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild in New York and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition. In 2016 it received a RPS Award for its Shostakovich15 project, a cycle of Shostakovich’s quartets performed across the UK, North and South America.
Tom Poster studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School and at King’s College, Cambridge. He features regularly on Radio 3 as soloist and chamber musician, has appeared several times at the Proms, and is in demand at festivals from Cheltenham to São Paulo. He won the keyboard section of BBC Young Musician in 2000 and First Prize in the Scottish International Piano Competition in 2007.