Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in D minor z.739
Purcell, Henry: Fantasia in A minor z.740
Haydn, Joseph: String Quartet in G major op. 33 no. 5
Schumann, Robert: String Quartet in A op.41 no.3
Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant – Violins
Simone van der Giessen – Viola
Marie Bitlloch – Cello
For this concert, presented by Norwich Chamber Music, the Elias String Quartet, will perform a programme of Purcell, Hayden and Schumann. Purcell never published his Fantasias, composed for the viol consort which was all but out of fashion when he came to write them in 1680. Nevertheless, they are exquisitely constructed contrapuntal works that combine technical mastery and the conversational style that would pave the way for the string quartet. Haydn’s opus 33 collection of string quartets are as merry and carefree as they come. In No. 5, nicknamed “How Do You Do” for its whimsical four-note opening, four instruments become four personalities. Schumann wrote his three string quartets in 1842, after an intense period studying those of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. No.3 opens with a quietly yearning melody that introduces a quartet full of inventiveness, energy and romantic feeling.
The Elias String Quartet take their name from Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah, of which Elias is its German form, and have quickly established themselves as one of the most intense and vibrant quartets of their generation. The Quartet was formed in 1998 at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where they worked closely with the late Dr. Christopher Rowland. They also spent a year studying at the Hochschule in Cologne with the Alban Berg quartet. Between 2005 and 2009 they were resident String Quartet at Sheffield’s “Music in the Round” as part of Ensemble 360, taking over from the Lindsay Quartet. They are now ensemble in residence at the RNCM and regularly go back there to teach and perform.
Venue: John Innes Centre , John Innes Centre
Duration: 1 hour
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