Once more, we are blessed with an opportunity to hear the great Fitzwilliam String Quartet. They are Alan George, Lucy Russell, Marcus Barcham Stevens and Sally Pendlebury.
The Fitzwilliam is now one of the longest established string quartets in the world. Founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates, the quartet quickly achieved international recognition due to its members’ personal friendship with Dmitri Shostakovich and their subsequent championing of his string quartets.
Shostakovich entrusted them with the Western premières of his final three quartets (13, 14 and 15), and before long the Fitzwilliams became the first-ever group to perform, and record, all fifteen. These discs, which gained many international awards, secured for them a world wide concert schedule and a long-term contract with Decca – all of them are newly available on their London or Eloquence labels.
Shostakovich died in August 1975. Benjamin Britten afterwards reported (just before his own death) that Shostakovich had told him the Fitzwilliam Quartet were his “preferred performers of my quartets”.
In tonight’s unmissable programme they will be performing Shostakovich’s 14th Quartet, together with two other gems of the classical quartet repertoire:
JS BACH: Art of Fugue – nos. 1, 4, 9 and 11
SCHUBERT: Quartet No. 13 in A Minor, D.804
Emile and Anita look forward to seeing you for a special evening of music on 10th June. Concerts begin at 7pm, but please feel free to arrive from 6.30, when you may wish to reserve your seat(s) and enjoy a glass of wine.
Please look at our concerts page for full booking instructions.