05
Sep
2019
Thursday Sep 5, 2019 @ 8:00 pm

Fitzwilliam String Quartet

GLAZUNOV: 2 Noveletten Op.15
DELIUS: Late Swallows
MOZART: Quartet in D, K.575 ‘Prussian’
J.S. BACH: 3 Contrapuncti from ‘The Art of Fugue’
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F Min Op.95

 

From their YouTube channel:

"The Fitzwilliam Quartet is a British string quartet.

The group was founded in 1968 by four Cambridge undergraduates. There have been a number of changes in personnel over the years, but Alan George from the original quartet is still a member as of 2019. It currently consists of Alan George, viola; Sally Pendlebury, violoncello; and Lucy Russell and Marcus Barcham Stevens, violins.

The Fitzwilliam Quartet was one of the first of a long line of quartets to have emerged under the guidance of Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music. They became well known through their close personal association with Dmitri Shostakovich, who befriended them following a visit to York to hear them play. He entrusted them with the Western premières of his last three quartets, and before long they had become the first group to perform and record all fifteen. These recordings gained international awards, and secured for the quartet a worldwide concert schedule and a long term contract with Decca/London.

In 1977, they won the first ever Gramophone Award for chamber music. In November 2005 the Shostakovich set was included in Gramophone magazine's '100 Greatest Recordings'."

Wikipedia entry