Location: The Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury
Haydn: String Quartet Op.33 No. 2 in E♭, “The Joke”
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110
Beethoven: String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op. 132
Matthew Denton, violin
Michelle Fleming, violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola
Emma Denton, cello
Joseph Haydn was famous for incorporating jokes into both his life and his music. If you don't know this quartet, then we're not going to spoil the joke for you!
Shostakovich's 8th quartet is his most loved and has five movements over a duration of around 20 minutes.
In a complete contrast to the first concert, Beethoven's String Quartet Op.132 No.15 comes from his 'late' set of works, which were also his last.
An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered with folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997, the ensemble has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition USA 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004.
Why not arrive a bit earlier at the Lion Hotel and enjoy a relaxing pre-concert drink or light meal at the bar?
[Photo taken from a promotional Naxos YouTube video of Philip Glass: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Naxos 8.559636)]