classical music

Jerusalem Quartet: Joy and Despair

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The Jerusalem String Quartet unleashes the glorious sunshine of Dvorák’s Piano Quintet and explores the profound depths of Shostakovich at his darkest.

In the summer of 1960, Dmitri Shostakovich visited Dresden and saw for himself the catastrophic damage from the Second World War that still blighted the city.

Distraught, Shostakovich wrote a string quartet in just three days that would become one of his most emblematic works.

Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.8 is written ‘in memory of victims of fascism and war’ by a composer who counted himself among those victims.

It is a tight, claustrophobic, neurotic and thrilling conversation for four musicians, filled with references to Shostakovich’s own life and works.

Dvorák’s Piano Quintet is the perfect counterbalance to Shostakovich’s visions of darkness: a work flooded with light and bursting with the freshness of spring.

In addition to its abundance of inspired, Romantic melodies, Dvorák’s Quintet showcases two of the best loved dances of his time and generates almost symphonic levels of depth, colour and power from its five instruments.

The Jerusalem Quartet is one of the foremost string quartets of our era, a multiple award-winning ensemble known for its rich, cultivated sound and heartfelt interpretations. For Dvorák’s quintet, it is joined by the charismatic pianist Alexandra Dariescu.

Their playing has everything you could possibly wish for.
BBC Music Magazine

Performers

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexandra Dariescu piano

Repertoire

Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110
Interval
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No.2 in A, Op.81

Dates & times

24 Nov 2020
Approximate run time: 85 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing
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