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Grosvenor, Park, Ridout & Soltani

International stars shine in piano quartets by Schumann & Brahms
Masters of Chamber Music
Thu 30 Nov ’23 20:15 uur

Benjamin Grosvenor, piano 
Hyeyoon Park, violin 
Timothy Ridout, viola 
Kian Soltani, cello

Bridge - Fantasy for piano quartet 
Schumann - Piano quartet 
Brahms - Piano quartet no. 1

Thu 30 Nov ’23
20:15 uur

Celebrated internationally for his clear-sounding lyricism and his 'understated' virtuosity, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor is the figure of choice for piano quartets by Bridge, Schumann and Brahms. Three top musicians are joining him. 'He commands the stage with aristocratic ease,' wrote The New York Times. 'Mr Grosvenor makes you sigh with delight. A temperament already rare in the past, let alone now.' For this concert, he brings with him a host of musician friends, each one of them the cream of the crop on their instruments, just like Benjamin Grosvenor himself!

Frank Bridge, known as Benjamin Britten's teacher, composed in a late-Romantic, sometimes somewhat French-oriented idiom. His Fantasy is very atmospheric. Schumann, then, is Romanticism at its best; he wrote the piano quartet in 1842 when, as if on an endless whim, he was hurling one chamber music work after another from his pen. A very vital, lyrical work. Brahms makes his appearance as a young man. His First Piano Quartet is almost as romantic as Schumann's - the two were friends - and strikes both darker and lighter tones. Brahms himself must have relished the final rondo. An 'all'ungarese', in Hungarian, meaning gypsy music. Brahms liked to sit in cafés where gypsies would come and play music at your table. This rondo is one of the most exuberant he wrote.

Mr Grosvenor will make you sigh with joy

The New York Times