What happened in our 2022-23 season:

Carducci String Quartet 'Connections' 3

Date: Friday, 10th March 2023, 7.30pm
Location: St Alkmund's Church, Shrewsbury
A montage of the four players, each viewed from the front and playing their instruments against a black background
The snow is melting and the concert is going ahead
Shostakovich: Life, Letters and Friendship
Polka - Two pieces for String Quartet
Quartet no 1 in C (I. Moderato)
Quartet no 2 in A (I. Overture: Moderato con moto)
Quartet no 4 in D (I. Allegretto; II. Andantino)
Quartet no 7 in D (I. Allegretto)
Quartet no 8 in F# minor (I. Largo; II. Allegro molto)
Quartet no 10 in C minor (Adagio)
Quartet no 11 in Ab (IV. Etude, V. Humoresque)
Quartet no 13 in Bb minor (Doppio movimento)
Quartet no 15 in Eb minor (VI. Epilogue: Adagio)

Each interspersed with readings from contemporary documents to, from and about Shostakovich, read by writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson.

In the final concert by the Carducci String Quartet this season they present a fascinating profile of Dimitri Shostakovich through words about and music by the composer. It was developed by the quartet for performances at the Barbican in London and received wide critical acclaim. Through this and other performances the Carducci established their reputation as leading interpreters of Shostakovich’s music.

The Carducci take a journey deep into Shostakovich’s psyche, as he walked a delicate tightrope balancing political pragmatism with personal expression against the backdrop of Josef Stalin’s tyrannical Soviet regime. Historical sources and letters from the composer to one of his closest confidantes, read by writer, composer and broadcaster (The Independent, The Guardian, Radio 3’s Discovering Music) Stephen Johnson, are paired with extracts from contemporaneous quartets, painting a fascinating picture of how music offered a much-needed emotional outlet in the most difficult of times.

Few artists have been so affected by the connections of politics and power that surrounded them.



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