Dante Quartet - 7.30 pm, Saturday 20th April 2013
Much praised for their expressive performances, the Dante Quartet are joined by the pianist Benjamin Frith in a programme featuring piano quintets by Shostakovich and Dvorak.
The Dante Quartet is one of the UK's leading quartets, and their partnership with Benjamin Frith, who combines an international solo recital and concerto career with a life-long enthusiasm for chamber music, promises some brilliant music-making.
The programme includes the Shostakovich Piano Quintet. Composed and performed in 1940 following the great purges and in the wake of the non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany, the Quintet's elusive character contains both popular and subversive elements, achieving a superficial popularity (and Soviet approval) whilst containing an underlying tragic-satiric character that found a resonance with the experiences of contemporary audiences.
- Schubert: Movement for String Quartet in C minor (D. 703)
- Shostakovich: Piano Quintet, Op 57
- Dvorak: Piano Quintet, Op 81