The New York-based Escher Quartet performs a programme with an American focus. The movements of Ives’ Quartet veer from ‘discussions’ to ‘arguments’, and finally reconciliation in ‘the call of the mountains’. Britten’s String Quartet No.1 was commissioned in 1941 by American patroness Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. Copland’s Two Pieces for String Quartet were written as an homage to Fauré when a student of Nadia Boulanger. The concert concludes with Barber’s String Quartet in B minor, well known for its moving Adagio although this is the first performance at Lakeside of the Quartet in its entirety.
Ives String Quartet No.2
Britten String Quartet No.1
Copland Two Pieces for String Quartet
Barber String Quartet in B minor, Op.11
1 hour 40 minutes including interval