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Elias Quartet

Reed Stanzas

Fri 20 Sep 2019

Elias Quartet

Reed Stanzas

Ludwig Van Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F, Op. 18 No. 1
Sally Beamish String Quartet No. 3 Reed Stanzas
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59 No. 3 Razumovsky
Sara Bitlloch violin
Donald Grant violin
Simone van der Giessen viola
Marie Bitlloch cello

‘Playing of wonderful exuberance and fire’ Guardian

Sally Beamish was inspired to write Reed Stanzas by Elias Quartet’s Donald Grant, who doubles as a Scottish fiddle player. This, her third quartet, evokes windswept landscapes of Suffolk and Harris, threaded with the calls of a lapwing.

It stands between two of Beethoven’s most ebullient essays in the form: the vivacious Op. 18 No. 1 in F, and one of the mighty Razumovsky quartets, with its daring opening and vertiginously brilliant finale.

Sally Beamish speaks to Kate Molleson for Venus Unwrapped below.

Listen to the world premiere of Reed Stanzas performed by the Elias Quartet at the BBC Proms in 2011.

Date & start time:Fri 20 Sep 2019 – 7.30pm
Venue:Hall One

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