Doric String Quartet, Alasdair Beatson - Ades, Britten and Elgar
From Wigmore Hall, London, the Doric String Quartet with Alasdair Beatson (piano). Ades: Piano Quintet. Britten: String Quartet No 3, Op 94. Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor, Op 84.
The Doric String Quartet perform Britten's Third String Quartet, and are joined by pianist Alasdair Beatson in quintets by Thomas Adès and Elgar.
Presented by Ian Skelly.
Thomas Adès: Piano Quintet
Britten: String Quartet No 3
8.40: Elgar: Piano Quintet in A minor
Alasdair Beatson (piano)
Doric String Quartet
Alasdair Beatson joins the Doric String Quartet in Thomas Adès's single-movement Piano Quintet, a virtuosic modern take on classical sonata form, and Elgar's dramatically intense Piano Quintet in A minor. Peter Pears described Britten's late Third String Quartet as being 'of a profound beauty more touching than anything else, radiant, wise, new, mysterious - overwhelming'.
After tonight's concert Mark Padmore and Roger Vignoles perform Schumann's Liederkreis in a recording made at this year's Aldeburgh Festival.