Friday 17 September 7:30pm
York Chamber Music Festival: Event 3
Venue: NCEM, St Margaret’s Church
Concert by Festival Artists
Anthony Marwood and Pablo Hernan violins
Lilli Maijala viola
Tim Lowe cello
Josef Haydn (1732 – 1809) String Quartet in C Major, Op. 54, No. 2
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 – 1847) String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) String Quartet in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Haydn wrote six quartets for his friend, the violinist Johann Tost when he left the Esterházy orchestra to freelance in Paris. Tost found a publisher and these major string quartets entered the public realm; masterpieces all, the C Major quartet full of Hungarian verve, masterly and original.
The F-Minor String Quartet was Mendelssohn’s last completed work. It is an anguished outpouring of emotion due to the death of his beloved sister; from beginning to end, a work of unprecedented intensity, with no holds barred, revealing Mendelssohn’s dark side.
Continuing the festival’s long-term exploration of Robert Schuman’s chamber music we turn this year to his A Minor string quartet. Clara’s return to Leipzig from a long concert tour triggered an intense outpouring of chamber works by her husband. Composed in the summer of 1842 we hear close reference to Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn. In the slow movement Schumann truly reveals his soul, perhaps his most sublime slow movement.
COVID GUIDANCE: In September 2020 YCMF brought world class chamber music to you by live streaming the three evening concerts. We estimate over 1,500 people watched the concerts and we had some wonderfully appreciative responses. This year we are determined to go ahead with a live audience and are hoping to be at full capacity. There may still be restrictions on numbers and Covid protocols may still apply. Should it still be necessary York Chamber Music Festival will ensure our listeners attend in a covid-secure environment. This guidance will become clearer over the summer and we will keep you in touch as it is revised. It should be noted that we are working collaboratively with NCEM and will follow our colleagues’ protocols at the time.
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