19:30 12 October 2018 £30
'the players gave unstintingly of their passion and energies, playing with a spirit so transformational you felt they were actually transforming the world' The Strad
'The Brodskys' achingly beautiful performance
reached deep into the heart' The Guardian
Bach, Johann Sebastian: BWV 1080: The Art of Fugue (1 and 6))
Mendelssohn, Felix: Fugue from Four Pieces, Op. 81
Elgar, Edward: String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83
Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Quartet in B flat Major Op.130
Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,000 concerts on the major stages of the world and have released more than 60 recordings. A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while their ongoing educational work provides a vehicle to pass on experience and stay in touch with the next generation.
Throughout their career of more than 40 years, the Brodsky Quartet have enjoyed a busy international performing schedule, and have extensively toured the major festivals and venues throughout Australasia, North and South America, Asia, South Africa, and Europe, as well as in the UK, where the quartet is based. The quartet are also regularly recorded for radio and their performances are broadcast worldwide. Over the years, the Brodsky Quartet have undertaken numerous performances of the complete cycles of quartets by Schubert, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Schoenberg, Zemlinsky, Webern and Bartok. It is, however, the complete Shostakovich cycle that has now become synonymous with their name: their 2012 London performance of the cycle resulted in their taking the prestigious title ‘Artistic Associate’ at London’s Kings Place and, in October 2016, Chandos released their second recording of the cycle, this time live from the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.
The quartet took their name from the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, the dedicatee of Tchaikovsky's violin concerto and a passionate chamber musician. Daniel Rowland plays a violin made by Lorenzo Storioni of Cremona in 1793; Ian Belton’s violin is by Giovanni Paolo Maggini, c.1615, and Paul Cassidy plays on La Delfina viola, c.1720, courtesy of Sra. Delfina Entrecanales. Jacqueline Thomas plays a cello made by Thomas Perry in 1785.