REVOLUTIONARIES: String Quartets and Piano Trios Coffee Concert
Revolutionaries – Chamber Music Festival 2015
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£5.50 advanced (booking info to follow)
£6 on the door
Both including a complimentary
tea or coffee.
Students from Birmingham Conservatoire Strings and Piano Departments
Shostakovich String Quartet No.7 in F sharp minor Op.108
Smetana String Quartet No.1 in E minor, ‘From My Life’
iii Largo sostenuto
Bartók Duos (selection)
Beethoven String Quartet No.2 in G major, Op.18, No.2
ii Adagio cantabile
iii Scherzo: Allegro
iv Allegro molto, quasi presto
Join us for the second of the festival’s coffee concerts. Shostakovich’s 7th Quartet, after a deceptively mild opening, reveals itself as a revolutionary and shocking work. Smetana’s 1st Quartet, titled From My Life, is the first overtly autobiographical quartet and Michael Nyman brings a totally fresh sound to the Quartet genre.
Beethoven’s early G major Quartet, known in Germany as the Compliments quartet is unusual for Beethoven in being almost entirely non-confrontational and good-humoured.