Described by The Strad as presenting ‘a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose, in which severity could melt seamlessly into charm, and drama into geniality’, the Carducci Quartet’s reputation is recognised worldwide. They are joined by Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden, who is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. His recordings have received wide acclaim, and many ofhis Classic FM albums have topped the classical chart.
Philip Glass wrote the music which became his 3rd quartet as part of the soundtrack score for Paul Schrader's film Mishima which tells the story of the last day in the life of the Japanese author Yukio Mishima before his suicide. In the early part of the film Glass employs a full orchestra, but as the day proceeds, and the mood becomes more introspective, the orchestra is reduced first to just strings, and then finally to a string quartet, which accompanies Mishima's last intimate recollections of his life. The concert version of the quartet is in six sections.
Beethoven's opus 95 quartet is one of his shortest and has some musical similarities to his Egmont Overture, which was composed at about the same time.
In 1770 Boccherini went to Madrid, to be employed by Infante Luis Antonio of Spain , younger brother of King Charles III of Spain. The composer flourished under royal patronage, until one day the King expressed his disapproval at a passage in a new trio, and ordered Boccherini to shorten it. Boccherini, infuriated by the unwanted interference, doubled the passage instead. He was immediately sacked. But he stayed in Spain and moved to a little town in the Gredos Mountains, where he wrote many of his most famoous works, including several guitar quintets, one of which closes our concert tonight.
"Intense, searching, and frequently very moving — as well as being exciting, brilliant, joyous, full of original colours, and utterly captivating."Declan Townsend on the Carducci Quartet -Irish Examiner
Craig Ogden adopts softer colours and a smoother tone… The result is one of the most winning performances I have encountered… utterly magical.Jeremy Nichols - Classic CD