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21 Apr 2015 19:30

Wihan Quartet - 30th anniversary

Over the past three decades, the Wihan Quartet has flourished on the world stage thanks to performances shot through with rhythmic élan and gripping commitment. The ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary year with two masterworks from its Czech homeland and the first of Beethoven’s ‘Razumovsky’ Quartets, the haunting Adagio of which was almost certainly influenced by news of death and defeat brought to Vienna from the battlefield at Austerlitz.

In 2008 the Quartet completed the first ever cycle of Beethoven Quartets in Prague. This landmark series of concerts in Prague was recorded for release on CD and DVD by Nimbus Alliance and received many accolades:

These sets complete the Wihan Quartet’s outstanding live recordings of complete Beethoven quartets......their incisive, often dangerous playing gives vitality to their virtuosic interpretation. THE OBSERVER

….this is magnificent quartet playing: I am not sure I can name a finer account of this on disc in the past 50 or so years. INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

The group makes a meaty, full sound, and their vision of each work carries with it the insight of long, deep mutual experience.... achingly intense and beautifully controlled. THE SUNDAY TIMES

Interpretative insight, ensemble expertise and fine dynamic shading come together most convincingly. GRAMOPHONE

This is playing of the highest order. Thoroughly recommended. THE STRAD

These are excellent: their fiery interpretations do full justice to Beethoven’s final masterpieces. THE INDEPENDENT

SMETANA: : String Quartet No 1 'From My Life'
JANACEK: : String  Quartet No 2 'Intimate Letters'
BEETHOVEN: : String Quartet Op59/1 in F

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Other Wihan Quartet’s  concerts in April, May and June 2015:

April 19, 14:30
Dillington House, Ilminster
MOZART: : String Quartet K168
JANACEK: : String  Quartet No 2 'Intimate Letters'
BEETHOVEN: : String Quartet Op59/1 in F

April 24
Greenwich International String Quartet Festival
Trinity Laban
Boccherini Quintet String Quintet in E, Op. 11, No. 5 (G 275)
Beethoven op.18/6  
Dvorak op. 51, 'Slavonic' Quartet

April 26, 11:30
St George's Bristol
Schubert – Quartet in E flat Op 125 No 1    25'
Dvorak – Quartet in E flat Op 51 ‘Slavonic’     32'

June 21, 11:30
St George's Bristol
Schubert –   A minor 'Rosamunde'    30'
Dvorak – Quartet in C Op 61    40'

June 22
Benslow Music Trust
Concert followed by course for string quartets
Benslow International Concert Series
String Quartets with the Wihan at Benslow
HAYDN: : Quartet in D Op 64/5 'The Lark'
MENDELSSOHN: : String Quartet in F minor Op 80
DVORAK: : String Quartet Op51 in Eb 'Slavonic'




Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP


21 Apr 2015 19:30


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