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Quatuor Danel Evening Concerts

Tickets for Quatuor Danel Evening Concerts at The Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall

Friday 18th October 2019

Shostakovich                    Quartet No. 1, in C, Op. 49
Beethoven                       Quartet in F, Op. 135
Jumpei Koyama             ‘Who found it?’ (UK premiere)
Weinberg                         Quartet No.2 in A, Op. 3
Beethoven’s profound farewell to the string quartet is surrounded by two of the sunniest Soviet quartets: the first of Shostakovich’s cycle of 15, composed in 1938, and the second of the cycle of 17, composed two years later by his soon-to-be friend and colleague, Mieczysław Weinberg, plus a seven-movement quartet by Japanese composer Jumpei Koyama.

Friday 15th November 2019

Shostakovich                                 Quartet No. 13, in B flat minor, Op. 138
From the Belyayev Salon             Quartet movements by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Lyadov
                                                          and others
Shostakovich                                 Quartet No. 15, in E flat minor, Op. 144
Two quartets from the disturbing depths of Shostakovich’s last period are contrasted with their polar opposites: seven quartet movements by Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Lyadov and others, composed for their mega-rich patron and chamber music fan, Mitrofan Belyayev.

Friday 13th December 2019 (With Nicholas Cox and David Fanning)

Weinberg                          Quartet No. 8, in C minor, Op. 66
Alexander Krein               Jewish Sketches, Op. 12, for clarinet and string quartet
Galina Ustvolskaya         Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1949)
Shostakovich                   Quartet No. 5, in B flat, Op. 92

This Jewish-themed concert starts with the most personal and hauntingly beautiful of Weinberg’s quartets and continues with a little-known quintet by another prominent Soviet Jewish composer. 2019 is the centenary year of Galina Ustvolskaya, a pupil and muse to Shostakovich, who quoted her punchy Clarinet Trio in his mighty Fifth String Quartet. 

Friday 14th February 2020

Chevalier de Saint-George             Quartet, G.191
Dusapin                                              Quartet No. 4
Franck                                                Quartet in D
One of numerous quartets by the first classical composer of African ancestry, born in Guadeloupe in 1745 and also famous in his day as a champion fencer, is followed by the Fourth by Pascal Dusapin and the only one by César Franck.

Friday 27th March 2020 (With David Fanning)

Debussy                        String Quartet in G minor
Myaskovsky                 Quartet No. 13, in A minor, Op. 86
Schnittke                      Piano Quintet

Debussy’s only string quartet, composed in 1893, is a signature piece for the Danels. They follow it with the dignified last quartet, by the composer known as the ‘conscience of Soviet music’ and the compelling Piano Quintet by Shostakovich’s best-known Soviet successor.


Wednesday 6th May 2020

Josef Mayseder                       Quartet No. 5, in D, Op. 9
Zemlinsky                                 Quartet No. 1, in A, Op. 4
Brahms                                      Quartet No. 2, in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2
A concert of Austro-German riches: the fifth of eight by Josef Mayseder (1789-1863), Austrian violinist and composer; the first of four quartets by associate composer of the Second Viennese School, Alexander von Zemlinsky; and the second by Brahms, with an engaging Hungarian folk-based finale.

After the event is off sale online, tickets can be purchased directly from the Martin Harris Centre Box Office subject to availability. The Martin Harris Centre Box Office opening hours are 12.30pm - 2.30pm Monday to Friday and one hour before an event is due to start.

You can contact the Martin Harris Centre Box Office during opening hours, on 0161 275 8951 or boxoffice@manchester.ac.uk .

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