Light out of darkness: Prokofiev and Beethoven
The Calidore String Quartet open a curated series at St Marys' Church, Tetbury, with a folk influenced quartet by Prokofiev and Beethoven's joyous Harp quartet.
Recorded in March at St Marys' Church, Tetbury in Gloucestershire, the Calidore String Quartet play favourite works by Prokofiev and Beethoven, in the first of four curated concerts which the quartet, former Radio 3 New Generation Artists, gave as part of a Radio 3 Big Chamber Weekend, held in association with Tetbury Music Festival .
Introduced by Fiona Talkington.
Prokofiev: String Quartet no.2 Op.92
Beethoven: String Quartet, Op.74
The Calidore String Quartet
Jeffrey Myers, violin
Ryan Meehan, violin
Jeremy Berry, viola
Estelle Choi, cello
The Calidore String Quartet present two works of great heart and optimism, written in the shadow of war. Following Germany's war-time invasion of Russia, Prokofiev's second string quartet reflects the captivating folk tunes he heard while living in the Caucasus region, while Beethoven's Harp Quartet, one of his most light and romantic, could be attributed to being in love, rather more than Napoleon's bombardment of Vienna.