Thomas Adès The Four Quarters, Op.28 (2010)
Haydn String Quartet in D Op.20 No.4 *
Mendelssohn String Quartet No.5 in E flat Op.44 No.3 *
*Please note change of programme from that originally published
The Doric String Quartet firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. They have won several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. The Quartet performs in leading concert halls across Europe and is a regular visitor to the Wigmore Hall. In 2010 the Quartet made its highly acclaimed American debut with recitals in New York and Washington DC, and now returns for annual tours to North America. Making its second appearance at Malvern Concert Club, the Quartet opens this concert with Thomas Adès’ The Four Quarters, a programmatic work in four movements that depict the flow of a day, offering a wide range of mood and texture. Next we are treated to No.4 of the six Opus 20 string quartets by Joseph Haydn, considered a milestone in the history of string quartet composition. The concert ends with Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No.5 in E flat Op.44 No.3, composed in 1838. This is part of the Op.44 set of three string quartets which Mendelssohn dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden. An evening of beautiful music, it’s another ‘Don’t Miss’ from Malvern Concert Club!