Portsmouth Chamber Music Series: Arcadia Quartet

Portsmouth Chamber Music Series

Colin Jagger writes:

We were due to host the Romanian-based Arcadia Quartet in March 2021 before the continuing disruption caused by the pandemic intervened, and so we will finally get to hear them exactly two years later.

They won the Wigmore Hall competition in 2012, and then five years later produced a remarkable set of recordings of the Bartók quartets which led to their invitation to Portsmouth. A more recent recording project is the complete cycle of 17 quartets by Mieczysław Weinberg, a close friend of Shostakovich who deserves to be far better known.

Ana Török & Răsvan Dumitru violins, Traian Boală viola, Zsolt Török cello

HAYDN Quartet in B-flat, Op. 33 No. 4
WEINBERG String Quartet No. 6, Op. 35
BEETHOVEN Quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1

Following a longer than usual gap, our chamber season continues a week today (20 March) at 7.30pm in the Guildhall. The Arcadia Quartet come to us from Romania, and are the last of the musicians we had to postpone due to the pandemic. Their programme contains fabulous quartets by Haydn and Beethoven (the first of the ‘Rasumovsky’ quartets), and also a composer you might not have heard of – Mieczyslaw Weinberg – who I would strongly urge you to hear. Weinberg was Polish, but fled in 1939 with the Nazi invasion (his parents and sister were murdered). He lived most of his life in Moscow and became a friend of Shostakovich who had been enormously impressed by the score of the younger composer’s 1st symphony. Weinberg wrote 17 quartets of which we will hear the 6th.

£20 full price, £18 concessions: book all six concerts and get a 20% discount, so £96 for
the whole season (£86.40 concs). Prices include booking fee and restoration levy.

Tickets from Portsmouth Guildhall – There is a £1.75 e-ticket fee which is per booking, not per ticket. You can also go in person to the Guildhall Box Office, open Mon-Fri 9-5, to buy tickets without additional fees. You can also e-mail the box office (boxoffice@portsmouthguildhall.org.uk) to place your order. They will either send you a link to pay, or you can pay by phone at the usual number (023 9387 0200). Again no additional fees.

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