Bach Contrapuncti 1, 9 & 11 from The Art of Fugue BWV1080
Liz Johnson Tide Purl
Shostakovich Quartet No.13 in B flat minor Op.138
Schubert Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’
Special pre-concert event at 5.30pm in the Brockway Room:
Petroc Trelawny interviews Alan George of the Fitzwilliam Quartet about their forthcoming 50th anniversary celebrations and their special connection with the music of Shostakovich.
It was only a year into their residency at York University that the much documented association with Dmitri Shostakovich first catapulted the Fitzwilliam Quartet into the public eye. The composer travelled to York to hear the British première of his thirteenth quartet (which will be played in this evening’s recital) and this musical friendship (the composer’s own word!) prospered through correspondence, and the presentation of his final two quartets that he wrote in the years following. A planned visit to spend a week with the composer in Moscow however, was abandoned when he sadly died in August of 1975. Benjamin Britten afterwards reported (just before his own death) that Shostakovich had told him the Fitzwilliam were his “preferred performers of my quartets”. Having premiered his last three quartets in Britain, the group soon became the first ever to record and perform all fifteen quartets; complete cycles were given in a number of major centres, including London, New York, and Montréal.
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