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Endellion String Quartet

Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 19:30
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
£27, £25 (65+), £13 (registered disabled), £6 (students, under 16s); half price (standard or 65+ tickets only) available for restricted view seats; 20% discount for groups of 10+
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  1. String Quartet in G minor, 'Sun' Op 20 No 3 - (Franz) Joseph Haydn
  2. String Quartet No 22 in B flat K 589 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  3. String Quartet No 15 in A minor Op 132 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Join the Endellions for a special St Valentine's Day celebration at this concert!

Haydn’s Op 20 set was the group of quartets that presented him as one of the greatest composers: the string quartet came of age with these extraordinary pieces. Mozart learned so much from him and in turn inspired Haydn to new heights with his own quartets. K.589 is one of the ‘King of Prussia’ group with the cello in particular coming to the fore as a melodic instrument: the King played the cello and, judging by these pieces, must have been no slouch on the instrument! Beethoven’s great A minor late quartet includes one of his most original slow movements: a thanksgiving for his return to health after illness. The whole piece transcends all description and passes from dark introspection and questioning to unbridled joy.

This concert is one in a series of six at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge. The dates for all the concerts in the series are:

Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Wednesday 16 May 2018

Individual concert tickets will be on sale from 22 September 2017 for all six concerts at Cambridge Live Tickets, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge. CB2 3QB and online.

Endellion String Quartet

Andrew Watkinson and Ralph de Souza (violins), Garfield Jackson (viola), David Waterman (cello)

‘Quartet in Residence’, University of Cambridge

The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. It was founded in January 1979 and three or the original players continue to be members. Ralph de Souza joined them thirty-one years ago in 1986. In 2013, Gramophone stated 'There’s always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you’re listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.'

In Britain, the Endellion has appeared at nearly all of the major series and festivals and has broadcast many times on BBC radio and television. It has appeared at the Proms and been featured in the week-long programmes 'Artist of the Week' and 'Artists in Focus'. Its presence in London has been marked for many years by an annual series at Wigmore Hall and also by appearances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall where the quartet members were Artistic Directors of several 'Quartet Plus' series. The Endellion also continues its prestigious Residency at Cambridge University which began in 1991, gives a regular Spring series at The Venue, Leeds and in 2016, began a series at Balliol College, Oxford. It has worked with guest artists including members of the former Amadeus Quartet, Sir Thomas Allen, Joshua Bell, Michael Collins, Benjamin Grosvenor, Marc-André Hamelin, Stephen Hough, Steven Isserlis, Mitsuko Uchida and Tabea Zimmermann.

The quartet's international schedule includes regular tours of North and South America and concerts in Australasia, the Far East, Middle East, South Africa and Western Europe. Everywhere, the Endellion String Quartet 'sets the audience ablaze' (Daily Telegraph) and 'captivates concertgoers with a remarkable rapport, playing to each other with a sense almost of discovery, communicating to the audience on a level of unusual intimacy’. (Guardian)

After the Endellion performed a Beethoven Cycle at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Strad Magazine marvelled over 'the trust and risk-taking that comes from years of playing together — [it] was a true delight’. Other recent and future highlights include appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, the Ittingen Festival, Montreal's Pollack Hall, a tour of Mexico, including a performance at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, a fortnight of concerts and teaching in China and Taiwan - and the Endellion's first concert in Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow. They have also recently performed in Ankara and Istanbul for the first time.

The quartet has also undertaken three short-term residencies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA and coached for MISQA in Montreal. From 2001 to 2010 it was Associate Quartet of the Royal Northern College of Music; and 2011 saw the start of its continuing position as Visiting Quartet in Association with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2017, the quartet performed and coached at the Singapore Conservatory and at Yale University School of Music.

Released by Warner Classics in its 30th year, the Endellion's recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets and viola quintets (supported by The Stradivari Trust) included rarely heard works, movements, studies, and fragments for quartet and quintet, as well as Beethoven's complete early version of Op.18 No.1 and his remarkable quartet arrangement of his Piano Sonata Op.14 No.1. The texts used in these recordings were prepared by the notable Beethoven scholar and editor, Jonathan Del Mar, in collaboration with the quartet. The Observer commented ' … these superb musicians respond to the dark undertow so characteristic of Beethoven's quartets as much as the gentle lyricism which invariably breaks through.' The Endellion has also recorded works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Dvorák, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Walton, Amy Beach, Barber, Foulds, Martinu, Bridge, Britten and Adès. The quartet’s Haydn recording for Warner Classics was called ‘extraordinary’ by International Record Review and its Britten disc was described as 'enormously moving' (BBC Music Magazine, 2014) and 'quartet playing at the top level' (Luister).

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians concludes that 'The Endellion is arguably the finest quartet in Britain, playing with poise, true intonation, excellent balance and a beautiful tone.’

The quartet won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Chamber Ensemble in 1996.

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