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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
8.20: Interval
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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Part 1

    • Thomas Adès

      Piano Quintet Op. 20

      Performer: Alasdair Beatson. Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Benjamin Britten

      String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94

      Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
  • Interval

    • Edward Elgar

      Two Part Songs, Op. 81: 1. The Shower

      Choir: Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
      • Elgar Part Songs.
      • Chandos.
      • 13.
    • Edward Elgar

      Two Part-Songs, Op. 71: 2. The Fountain

      Choir: Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
      • Elgar Part Songs.
      • Chandos.
      • 14.
  • Part 2

    • Edward Elgar

      Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 48

      Performer: Alasdair Beatson. Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
  • Post-concert

    • Robert Schumann

      Liederkreis Op.39

      Singer: Mark Padmore. Performer: Roger Vignoles.

      Recorded 24 June 2017 at Aldeburgh Festival

    • Benjamin Britten

      5 Flower Songs (To Daffodils; The Succession of the Four Sweet Months)

      Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
      • HYPERION.

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