news_2012_02_04This year marks the Brodsky Quartet’s 40th anniversary and celebrations begin in style with the launch of their first disc, as exclusive artists, on the Chandos label. Petits Fours is a collection of encore pieces, specifically arranged by the Quartet for their 40th anniversary. The wonderful disc includes works ranging from Elgar’s Chanson de Nuit to Sarasate’s Zapateado, and encompasses the exciting and eclectic musical choices that are the Quartet’s hallmark. The official launch of the disc will take place at The Print Room, London, on the 28th February, at 19:30. The Quartet will perform a number of encores, as well as Debussy’s ‘String Quartet’ as a taster for their future Chandos release and their upcoming Wigmore Hall date in March. More information on how to book tickets can be found here: http://www.the-print-room.org/page40.htm

March sees the Brodsky Quartet returning to Wigmore Hall for their official birthday concert. Over the years, the Brodsky Quartet has won awards for its innovative programming, including the discovery and championing of neglected works: this programme incorporates one such work, Respighi’s wonderful Quartetto Dorico, which sits alongside further gems including Wolf’s Italian Serenade, Puccini’s Crisantemi, Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Debussy’s ‘String Quartet’. The programme also features Ravel’s ‘Blues’ as a nod to the Petit Fours disc, launched in February. The evening will be made further special for the Quartet as 2012 also marks 30 years since their first performance at Wigmore Hall. For further details and for information on how to book, please see http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/productions/brodsky-quartet-29718

news_2012_02_05In April the Brodsky Quartet return to London’s newest venue, Kings Place, to curate a week of Shostakovich concerts, including a performance of the full Shostakovich string quartet cycle. The Quartet are also joined by pianist, Jenny Lin, to further explore the chamber repertoire of Shostakovich and together they will perform the remarkable Piano Quintet.

Shostakovich has always been close to the hearts of the Quartet, Paul Cassidy of the Brodsky Quartet comments: “Shostakovich has been a part of our lives since the very beginning. It always amazes me that he was still completing his epic journey of 15 quartets when we started playing them back in 1972. Excitedly we scribbled onto manuscript in a quest to learn this music in the early days, when parts were still hard to come by. We are proud to have made one of the very first recordings of these quartets – a multiple award- winning set – and we have since performed these quartets in some of the finest halls around the world. For us, it will be a very fitting and emotional weekend when, in our 40th year, we bring the cycle back to the London stage and that wonderful hall and acoustic at Kings Place.” The Musical Diaries of Shostakovich runs at Kings Place from the 26th – 29th April 2012. Further information on how to book can be found here: http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/musicaldiaries

For more information on the Brodsky Quartet, or to join their mailing list to stay up to date with future performances, please send an email to info@hazardchase.co.uk