Anne-Marie North, Antonio Cárdenas, Alberto Cle and John Stokes, the Breton String Quartet, make their first visit to Madrid’s Royal Palace and its chamber music cycle. This concert offers a musical tour of the 20th and 21st centuries with three works never before performed in a National Heritage surroundings, this in itself is a great attraction. The Stradivarius instruments from the Royal Collection also show how contemporary music can be interpreted with their extraordinary quality of sound.
The programme begins with a very recent work by the young composer Hermes Luaces, it is an honour that he was present for the concert. Next is a piece by the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich, who died the same year that Hermes Luaces was born. Known as the Dresden Quartet, we can intuit the painful feelings of the post-war era. The programme concludes with Quartet No. 2 by Jesús Guridi, written in the first half of the 20th century and recouped in 2006 thanks to the constant efforts of the Breton Quartet to recover important Spanish creations which have been neglected on the concert circuits.
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With Stradivarius violins from the Royal Collection
Hermes Luaces (1975)
Quartet No. 1
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
Quartet No. 8 in C minor, op. 110
Largo - Allegro molto
Allegretto - Largo – Largo
Jesús Guridi (1886-1961)
Quartet No. 2 in A minor
Allegro moderato - Adagio sostenuto
Prestissimo - Vivace non troppo