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Schumann Quartett

Shostakovich String Quartet No. 1 in C, Op. 49
Haydn String Quartet in D, Op. 76 No. 5 [Hob. III:79]
Schubert String Quartet No. 15 in G, D887

INTERNATIONAL QUARTET SERIES: Concert 6 – Germany

Erik Schumann violin
Ken Schumann violin
Liisa Randalu viola
Mark Schumann cello

Rising stars amongst German string quartets, the prize-winning Schumann Quartett was founded in Cologne in 2007, and is comprised of brothers Erik, Ken, and Mark Schumann, and Liisa Randalu on viola. Their programme consists of Shostakovich’s first quartet, dating from 1938, a quartet from Haydn’s popular Op. 76 set, and Schubert’s sublime final quartet, composed in the summer of 1826.

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Clock6.30pm Sunday, 13th April 2014

Pre-concert Foyer performance: La Follia Duo - Sunday 13th April, 5.45pm

Leon Haxby Two movements for flute and cello (2012 – world prémiere) Ignis FatuusAether
Elliot Carter Enchanted Preludes (1988) for flute and cello
Alessandro Solbiati As if to Land  (1989) for solo flute
Kaija Saariaho Mirrors (1997) for flute and cello

Sara Minelli flute
Patrick Tapio Johnson – cello

Classical music inspiring new works.

Alongside pieces by E. Carter and K. Saariaho, La Follia will play works by two composers they collaborate with: Alessandro Solbiati, one of the most relevant figures of new music in Italy and the very young and talented composer Leon Haxby, currently studying at Birmingham Conservatoire. Both composers have been greatly influenced by Schubert’s music. Haxby’s first String Quartet is inspired by Schubert and uses quotations from his first String Quartet in E flat as the basis of material.

Solbiati broadcats for RAI Radio TRE on Schubert’s music and he has written and published the essay I luoghi della mente: l’acqua in Schubert (Sites of the Mind: Schubert and the water), in which he analyses Schubert’s Lieders. His analysis describes the relationship between music and lyrics in Schubert’s Lieders which helped to inspire the lyricism evident in his solo flute piece.

La Follia Duo is a flute and cello duo specialising in Baroque and Contemporary Classical Music.

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