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Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: Piatti Quartet

Piatti Quartet

Newcastle International Chamber Music Series: Piatti Quartet


Joseph Phibbs Quartet No. 1 (2014)
Mendelssohn Quartet in E flat, Op. 12
Vaughan Williams Household Music: Three preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes
Shostakovich Quartet No. 10, Op. 118

Named after the 19th century cellist Alfredo Piatti, a chamber musician and professor at the Royal Academy of Music, the Quartet won second prize and two additional awards at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.  They are known for their passionate interpretations across the spectrum of quartet writing.

Joseph Phibbs wrote his first quartet for the Piatti Quartet, and this has been followed by commissions from the Navarra and Belcea Quartets.  Mendelssohn’s E flat quartet, written while he was still in his teens, shows astonishing maturity alongside youthful vigour.  The three preludes by Vaughan Williams are chamber music in its truest sense – composed for domestic use ‘by people whiling away the waiting-hours of war’.  Shostakovich’s fifteen quartets give expression to his troubled life in Soviet Russia.  In No.10 extreme violence is overcome by simplicity and serenity.

Joseph Phibbs will give a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

The piece [Phibbs Quartet No.1] combined hymn-like string holds and whispers of light pizzicatos with deep strums of cello and viola that concluded with a swell of string crescendo and salute, like fiery embers thrown into a night sky. Nelson Brill, Nordost, August 2016

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