Fitzwilliam String Quartet - May concert

Sunday 15 May 2022 from 7.30pm
Clare Hall Dining Room

Tickets are available via Cambridge Live: 

There may be some tickets available on the door, but this is not guaranteed. Please book to avoid disappointment. 


Wolf - Italian Serenade

Britten - Quartet No.3, Op.94

Beethoven - Quartet in A minor, Op.132

Alan George, a founding member of the Quartet, comments:
"The Fitzwilliam was hugely fortunate to have been around at the right time and place, back in 1972, when Dmitri Shostakovich visited them in York to hear them play. That association set us on our way – but we’re saving his music for you until July! However, when we became the first group to play his friend Britten’s No.3 (that is, following the year’s exclusivity granted to its dedicatees, the Amadeus), and subsequently undertook twenty performances in 1978 alone, it almost felt like it could have been Shostakovich’s 16th! Britten was a marvellous pianist, and – together with his partner Peter Pears – would have played many of Hugo Wolf’s extraordinary Lieder: this Serenade is not only a rare instrumental work, but a precious moment of release for his tortured mind. Beethoven himself was one of the first great composers of Lieder, and it is the timeless (but wordless!) Holy Song of Thanksgiving which is at the centre of this second of his other-worldly final group of quartets."

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