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Britten - The String Quartets

 03 December 2012 at 7.30pm 

Britten - The String Quartets

Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom

Takács Quartet

Wigmore Hall’s newly appointed Associate Artists explore Britten’s three numbered string quartets, compositions shaped by intellectual complexity and profound compassion. The Takács Quartet has lived with these works for many years, crafting interpretations that seize listeners with their insight, captivating honesty and sense of awe.
Wigmore Hall played host to the first UK performance of the composer’s String Quartet No. 1 in April 1943 and provided the platform for the November 1945 world premičre of String Quartet No. 2, complete with its mighty ‘Chacony’, a tribute to Henry Purcell.
Peter Eyre will read excerpts from Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice before the performance of String Quartet No. 3, which finds echoes in the novella.

Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 1 in D Op. 25
Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 2 in C Op. 36
Benjamin Britten : String Quartet No. 3 Op. 94

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