The Endellion String Quartet

Andrew Watkinson & Ralph de Souza, violin; Garfield Jackson, viola; David Waterman, cello

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Haydn String Quartet in C major, Op 54 No 2
Tippett Quartet No 2
Brahms Quartet No 2

Now in their 37th season, understandably the Endellion’s vast discography ranges far and wide, taking in Martinu, Adès, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky and Britten in addition to their fabled complete Beethoven series. Often referred to as offering the ‘Urtext’ version of quartet playing, they leave audiences unfailingly with a feeling of being enlivened by the characterful playing as much as by the music they have heard. In a much anticipated return to the Festival, their programme is typically fresh and invigorating. Tippett’s joyful 2nd Quartet has claim to being one of the finest of 20th chamber works, and is full of melody and charm. Endellion have also chosen the 2nd Quartet of Johannes Brahms. However this composer famously destroyed many early attempts in the form, restraining an urge to publish any quartets until his middle age granted him the self-confidence to do so. His 2nd Quartet is both dramatic and profound, with a slow movement that breathes a sweetness so familiar to lovers of Brahms.


22 July 2017


12.00pm  - 1.30pm




St John's Church

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