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Malvern Concert Club: Brodsky Quartet – Quartets 6, 4 & 5

June 8th 3:00 pm

 

 

Brodsky Quartet

Krysia Osostowicz violin
Ian Belton violin
Paul Cassidy viola
Jacqueline Thomas cello

 

Dmitri Shostakovich Complete String Quartet Cycle

Malvern Concert Club is proud and delighted in equal measure to have been invited by the Brodsky Quartet to host this Shostakovich cycle in Malvern in June 2024.

(Introductory note to Quartets 4-6 by Paul Cassidy)

The sixth quartet finds the composer in a very settled mood. Supposedly written as a little birthday present to himself, it trots along seemingly without a care in the world. Its almost incessant serenity is most uncharacteristic and surprising, an endless conveyor belt of effortless melody.

Quartet No.4 is a glorious and loving gift to the Jewish people who, like himself, were so harshly treated by the regime. It abounds with their folk songs and musical gestures, a most heartfelt and touching affair.

No.5 is a symphony for string quartet. Its origins lie in an ill-fated affair Shostakovich had with a fellow composer, Galina Ustvolskaya. It is rumoured that he proposed marriage to her on more than one occasion and when the relationship ended, he poured out his emotions into this piece. Its three majestic movements unfold seamlessly, plumbing the depths and surfing the highs as we travel musically from the vast open spaces of Russia, to Hawaii briefly, and eventually to heaven itself.

Since forming in 1972, the Brodsky Quartet have performed over 3,500 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 70 recordings. Having recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, the Brodsky Quartet continue to enjoy a busy international performing schedule, extensively touring the major festivals and venues throughout Australasia, North and South America, Asia and Europe as well as in the UK, where the quartet is based. Their prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, as well as in a range of educational affiliations, has been ensured by their never-ending energy and craftsmanship, attracting numerous awards and accolades worldwide.

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Date:
June 8th
Time:
3:00 pm
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Price:
£28 (Price includes 12% booking fee)
Book all 5 concerts for £112 (bookable through the box office only on 01684 892277)
Show Times:
Saturday 8th June '24 at 3pm

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