DEBUSSY String Quartet
BARTÓK String Quartet No 1
Meta4 String Quartet
Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)
NB Unallocated seating
£0.60 online booking fee, £0.70 telephone booking fee per transaction - click here for more information on booking fees
Part of the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts 2018/19 season multibuy - click here for more information on multibuys
On sale dates:
Online: Tuesday 5 March 2019 10am
By Phone: Tuesday 19 March 2019 10am
In Person: Tuesday 19 March 2019 10am
Part of 2019/20 season
Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change
Finnish string quartet Meta4 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.