Ensemble 360 feature rare piano quartets

The Portsmouth Chamber Music Series for 2018-2019 concludes on Monday 20 May with a second visit by Ensemble 360, albeit of a completely different configuration. They have formed a piano quartet to bring us two great composers not normally associated with chamber music, Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.

The Mahler quartet is a hauntingly beautiful single movement in A minor, composed when he was just 16, and yet already displaying a sure mastery of the style. The Strauss is a wonderful work in four movements, showing influences of older composers together with a clear sense of his own developing voice. The very sunny and lyrical Brahms A major quartet which ends the programme needs no introduction as it is a firm favourite for those familiar with the classical music programme.

Whatever your motivation might be, the Portsmouth Chamber Music Series is supported by the University of Portsmouth in partnership with the Portsmouth Cultural Trust, Music in the Round and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to bring internationally renowned musicians to local audiences and enhance the cultural offering of the city.

Tickets for this concert are £18 with £16 concessions, available in person from the Guildhall or by calling 023 9387 0200.

The series, which is sponsored by the University of Portsmouth, will start again in the autumn. Those interested in future concerts can register for the mailing list by emailing music@port.c.uk.

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