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Portsmouth Chamber Music Series: Esmé Quartet

Mon 28 Oct 2019 7:30pm

Portsmouth Guildhall

Booking Details: Tickets from 023 9387 0200 or the link below. £18 full price, £16 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £86.40 for the whole season (£76.80 concs). Student/Vibes tickets are available for just £6. Prices include booking fee and restoration levy. Seating is unreserved, with doors open from 7pm.

For further details see the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series 2019-20 website.

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series 2019-20

Wonhee Bae & Yuna Ha violins, Jiwon Kim viola, Ye-eun Heo cello

BRIDGE Novelletten, H. 44

BEETHOVEN Quartet in F, Op. 18 No. 1

WEBERN Langsamer Satz

MENDELSSOHN Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

The Esme Quartet was formed in 2016 and comprises four Korean musicians who were studying together in Cologne. In 2018 they won the Wigmore Hall quartet competition where they gave a breathtaking performance of Beethoven’s Op. 59/2. Here they give us his first numbered quartet which, like the early piano trios, displays an incredibly assured sense of style. Bridge’s delightful miniatures date from 1904, and the achingly beautiful Webern piece from a year later. Mendelssohn’s profound final quartet was composed just a few months before he died, possibly in response to the death of his sister.

‘But it was the Esmé’s monumental Schubert Quartet in G, D. 887, that was the Michelin-starred meal.’

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