CONCERT: THE BRODSKY QUARTET
ONE NIGHT ONLY: TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY
The Print Room present
Petit Fours - Brodsky Quartet's CD launch
"The Brodsky Quartet are the team
for the new century" Gramophone
The Brodsky Quartet perform music from Petit Fours - their first CD on the Chandos label, to be released in February 2012. This album is in celebration of the quartet's fortieth anniversary and is an entertaining and original collection of some of the many encores that they have arranged and performed over the years. The concert also includes a sneak preview of their second CD - a collection of Debussy works which is due to be released in April 2012.
The Brodsky Quartet are: Daniel Rowland, violin
Ian Belton, violin
Paul Cassidy, viola
Jacqueline Thomas, cello
Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Prokofiev: March from The Love for Three Oranges
De Falla: Nana/Polo
Debussy: String Quartet
28 February, 7.30pm
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The Brodsky Quartet is at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. Their love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highly acclaimed performances of composers ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich, Bartok, Britten and Respighi, as well as from their extensive, award-winning discography.
The Quartet are widely celebrated for their pioneering work with a diverse range of performing artists, including singers Elvis Costello, Sting, Anne Sofie von Otter, Dawn Upshaw and Björk, instrumentalists Michael Collins, Joan Enric Lluna, Martin Roscoe, Alexander Baillie, Tunde Jegede, Complicite Theatre Company and Icelandic poet Sjon, while their many collaborations with distinguished composers, including Sir John Tavener, Witold Lutoslawski, Peter Sculthorpe, Django Bates, Sally Beamish, Dave Brubeck and Peter Maxwell Davies, have given them an unrivalled opportunity to influence and inspire some of the newest work for string quartet. Their passion to embrace "all good music" has been the driving force behind their success and has kept their approach fresh and their enthusiasm high since their formation in 1972.
Recent awards for recording include the Diapason D'Or and the CHOC du Monde de la Musique for their recordings of string quartets by Britten, Beethoven and Janacek, whilst for their outstanding contribution to innovation in programming the Brodsky Quartet has received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. They have taught at many international chamber music courses and held residencies in several music institutes, including the first such post at the University of Cambridge. They currently hold the International Chair of Chamber Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and have been awarded Honorary Doctorates at the University of Kent and University of Teesside.
The Quartet is named after the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and passionate chamber musician, who played an important role in musical life in 1920s Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music where the Quartet studied.