|Haydn||String Quartet in D, Op. 64 No. 5 The Lark|
|Larcher||String Quartet No. 1 Cold Farmer|
|Brahms||String Quartet No. 3 in B flat, Op. 67|
Please note that Chris Watson, our Artist in Residence for Nature Unwrapped, has created a sound calendar of environments from the northern hemisphere. Ahead of this show, you will be hearing sounds from The Wash in East Anglia. Come half an hour before the performance to enjoy the installation in Hall One. Your ticket is required.
‘The four players moved together, thought together – taking their lead from Waley-Cohen’s lightly worn virtuosity and gloriously smoky sound’ Artsdesk
Haydn’s uplifting quartet The Lark takes its nickname from the soaring, birdsong-like quality of its playful theme. Written after one of his sojourns in England, the last movement is a rustic English hornpipe.
Brahms’ quartet in B flat opens with the call of hunting horns and is suffused throughout with a sense of sylvan beauty and spaciousness.
Austrian composer Thomas Larcher is well-known for his passionate connection with nature and the mountains where he lives. He writes that in composing his quartet Cold Farmer was ‘like stepping or falling into uncertainty, into a perilous state, an unconditional leap into spontaneity and direct emotion… like gasping for a painful but life-saving breath after having been under water too long.’
Watch the Albion Quartet perform an excerpt from Schubert’s ever-popular Death and the Maiden: