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QUATUOR ÉBÈNE / DANIIL TRIFONOV

HAYDN, SHOSTAKOVICH & FRANCK
The exuberant and highly respected pianist Daniil Trifonov will join Quatuor Ébène to share their magnificent interpretation of Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor. This impassioned performance will be complimented by string quartets from Haydn and Shostakovich.
Programme

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809) 
String Quartet in D major Op. 20 No. 4 

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110 

Interval 

CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890)
Piano Quintet in F minor FWV 7 

Characteristically, Haydn’s Op. 20 Quartet No. 4 of 1772 is full of clever tricks: the first movement’s development reintroducing the very opening theme in its original key, as though the recapitulation has arrived early; the striking fantasia concluding its sombre variation form slow movement; a gypsyish Menuet whose offbeat accents confuse the ear into hearing four-time rather than three; the contrapuntal interplay of its playful Presto e scherzando finale. By contrast, Shostakovich’s single-movement String Quartet No. 8 is dark and intense. Written in just three days in 1960 on a visit to Dresden’s bombed ruins, it’s ‘in memory of the victims of fascism and war’, and features extensive self-quotation. The passions of Franck’s three-movement Piano Quintet of 1879 meanwhile are wildly sensuous ones, probably prompted by an infatuation with his pupil, Augusta Holmès.

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