Brodsky Quartet: Bartók Plus


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert. NB Change of Artist

Fri 4 Oct 2019 1.00pm - 2.00pm
LSO St Luke's, London

DEBUSSY String Quartet
BARTÓK String Quartet No 1

Brodsky Quartet

Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)
NB Unallocated seating

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Part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts 2018/19 season multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys

Part of 2019/20 season

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change

The Brodsky Quartet pair two poetic and inventive pieces by Debussy and Bartók, drawing out the impressionistic influences in the first of Bartók’s String Quartets.

Fellow-composer Kodály described Bartók’s String Quartet No 1 as ‘an intimate drama, a kind of ‘Return to Life’ of one who has reached the brink of the abyss’. Opening with what Bartók called a ‘funeral dirge’, the momentum steadily builds as spirits begin to lift, transforming the tone into one of wit and cheerful light-heartedness.

Sensual, imaginative and playful, Debussy’s only string quartet foreshadows Bartok’s later work in its remarkable flexibility, subtlety and rich harmonic feel.

Change of Artist

Please note that, in a change to earlier listings, Meta4 have withdrawn from this performance. We are grateful to the Brodsky Quartet for stepping in to perform.

Posted Tuesday 2 July 2019

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Recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast on 15 October

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Photograph by Sarah Cresswell.