Nicknamed the ‘How do you do’ quartet for the rhythm of its opening phrase, Haydn’s Op.33 No.5 is one of a sunny set of chamber pieces, though its slow second movement is rich in feeling.
Janácek’s Intimate Letters, the composer’s last work, is a thrillingly personal response to his unrequited passion for the married Kamila Stosslova, to whom he wrote over 700 letters. It was written over three weeks in 1928; he died less than a month later.
The first performance of Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet was enthusiastically received and it remains one of his most popular pieces. Uncharacteristically ebullient in tone for a composer known for spiky wit and menacing darkness, it is nevertheless full of ambivalent emotion.
RepertoireHaydn: String Quartet in G, Op.33 No.5
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