We are delighted to be returning to the concert platform in style at London’s Wigmore Hall this Wednesday evening, performing music from two of today’s very best string quartet composers – Jonathan Dove and Roxanna Panufnik – alongside two all-time classics by Haydn and Shostakovich.
Commissioned by the Sacconi Quartet this year, and inspired by our Heartfelt project in which audience members held beating robotic representations of our hearts in their hands, Roxanna Panufnik’s piece Heartfelt draws inspiration from Uzbek processional music and the heartbeat of a real-life brown bear named Albie at Bristol Zoo. This will be its world premiere performance to a live audience.
Jonathan Dove’s pulsating and evocative Out of Time has been championed by the Sacconi Quartet, our CD recording being nominated as Gramophone’s Album of the Year 2017. We gave its Russian premiere earlier this year, and were due to give the Italian premiere in June.
Haydn’s Quartet in D is the first piece we performed as a newly founded quartet, back in 2001. It has always held a special place in our hearts, and seemed the obvious choice for our first concert to a live audience in six months. Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet, composed in just three days in 1960 shortly after reluctantly joining the Communist Party, and written as his epitaph before possible suicide (according to friend Lev Lebedinsky), concludes the concert.
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