Coull runnings: classical quartet return to Embrace Arts

Posted by mjs76 at May 09, 2012 03:32 PM |
Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Schubert on the menu this Friday.

Internationally acclaimed chamber music purveyors the Coull Quartet have been ‘quartet in residence’ at the University of Warwick since 1977. But recently they have also become regular fixtures at our own arts centre, Embrace Arts. On Friday 11 May 2012 the Coull are back for another fine concert of top tunes.

The concert kicks off with Mendellssohn’s Quartet no.1 in E Flat, op.12 which dates from 1829. This is an old favourite of the Coull Quartet, who recorded it way back in 1991 for Hyperion Records. Despite the numbering, this was actually written two years after the Quartet no.2, op.13.

Shostakovich hadn’t written any previous String Quartets when he produced his Quartet no.1, op.49 in 1938 although he had written numerous pieces for string quartets.

I began to write it without special ideas and feeling, I thought that nothing would come of it. After all, the quartet is one of the most difficult musical genres. I wrote the first page as a sort of original exercise in the quartet form, not thinking about subsequently completing and releasing it.
Dimitri Shostakovich

Wrapping up the evening is the earliest piece on the programme, Schubert’s Quartet no.13 in A minor, D.804 from 1824. The piece is sometimes called the Rosamunde Quartet because it reuses themes from music which Schubert composed for a play of that title and is the only one of the composer’s quartets to have been published and performed during his all-too-brief lifetime.

Friday’s concert at Embrace Arts kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15, concessions £12, available from the box office on 0116 252 2455.

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