Emperor String Quarter at Plymouth Sherwell Centre
WHILE Plymouth Chamber Music Trust is no more, it's good to see some of the acclaimed artists from those illustrious 16 seasons still coming back to the city.
The Emperor String Quartet returns to Plymouth University Sherwell Centre on Saturday, January 19, at 7.30pm, as part of the on-going Peninsula Arts Chamber Music Series.
Formed back in 1992, the quartet was the first British ensemble to win the Evian/Bordeaux Competition and, ten years on, was nominated for a Grammy award for their recording of the Walton Quartets.
Since then the quartet has toured extensively, both here in the UK and worldwide.
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It has also built up an impressive discography, with recordings as diverse as Elgar's Introduction and Allegro with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood's score for the Daniel Day Lewis film There Will Be Blood.
Their programme opens with Haydn's Lark Quartet, followed by Britten's First Quartet, written when he was 17 and a student at the Royal College of Music.
The recital closes with Schubert's Death and the Maiden, one of the seminal works of the quartet repertoire, and which takes its name from the theme of the slow movement, which the composer borrowed from one of his own Lieder written some years earlier.
Peninsula Arts Director of Music Simon Ible said: "The inclusion of the work by Benjamin Britten launches a year when the music of this composer will no doubt saturate concert programmes, being the centenary of his birth.
"I am also particularly excited to be able to renew my acquaintance with the quartet's cellist William Schofield, whom I have had the pleasure of working with in the past."
IF YOU'RE looking for string music with a little extra zing, the Pressenda Ensemble, led by Malcolm Latchem, will be playing in St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes on Sunday January 20 at 3pm.
The programme opens with Bach's Triple Concerto, and includes In Nomines by Purcell, Mozart's Divertimento in B flat, and Clive Jenkins's Sinfonietta for Strings.
One of the afternoon's highlights should be a selection of Tangos by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, where the sound of the piano accordion will add a special dash of Latin-American colour.
There's something else to look forward to next month, when the Taunton Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, directed by Mary Eade, visits Kingskerswell Church, and St John's, Totnes, with both recitals featuring Schubert's Quintet, and Mendelssohn's Octet.
Further details of most events mentioned can be found online at Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary.