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Mozart String Quartet No.14 in G, K.387 ‘Spring’
Dvořák String Quartet No.13 in G, Op.106
Regular visitors to Lakeside, the British-based Navarra Quartet returns to the Djanogly Recital Hall to perform this livestreamed concert. Mozart’s String Quartet in G, K.387, the first in a collection of six quartets dedicated to Haydn was composed in 1782 shortly after Mozart’s arrival in Vienna. Inspired by Haydn’s Opus 33 quartets composed in a ‘new and special way’, Mozart distributes more complex thematic material between all four string parts rather than assigning the bass lines to an accompanying role. The quartet abounds with memorably lyrical themes and culminates in a masterful fugal Finale. The provenance of the nickname ‘Spring’ is unknown but perhaps refers to the spirited optimism of the quartet’s opening melody.
Dvořák’s Op.106 quartet was the first piece he wrote on return from America for the second time. Following summer holidays in Vyoská, revelling in the landscapes of central Bohemia, Dvořák composed the quartet in only five weeks. Although less well known than the ‘American’ Quartet that immediately preceded it, the Opus 106 quartet's sunny disposition lifts the spirits in these challenging times.
The Anglo-Dutch Navarra Quartet is one of the leading ensembles of its generation. Formed in 2002 at the Royal Northern College of Music the Quartet was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2006 and has since won numerous prestigious international prizes. The quartet has performed worldwide in venues including Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Sydney Opera House and international festivals such as Aix-en-Provence, Grachten, Schwetzinger, Rheingau, and the BBC Proms. It has also toured extensively to Russia, the USA, China, South Korea and the Middle East and produced highly acclaimed recordings.
A stimulating mix... even the most darkly melancholic works are suffused with the light, expressive touch of the Navarra." Sarah Urwin Jones, BBC Music Magazine
A precise, stylish, supremely well-balanced ensemble... elegant, tuneful, beautifully controlled." William Ruff, Nottingham Post
- About the musicians (click to expand)
Benjamin Marquise Gilmore studied with Natalia Boyarskaya at the Yehudi Menuhin School and with Pavel Vernikov in Vienna, and later with Julian Rachlin and Miriam Fried.
Benjamin is currently joint concertmaster with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra and has appeared as soloist and director with the SCO and the Camerata Salzburg. He is a passionate chamber musician and often collaborates with members of the SCO and Philharmonia, and has performed at festivals such as Kuhmo, Prussia Cove and Ravinia. Benjamin’s father was the musicologist Bob Gilmore and his grandfather is the conductor Lev Markiz.
Alexandru-Mihai (Sascha) Bota was born in Timisoara in a family of musicians. Playing both modern and baroque viola, his career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player has taken him all around the world. He has recently relocated to London after spending 5 years in Sydney as a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Brian O’Kane is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation and is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He came to prominence by taking first prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition and is also a former prizewinner of the Royal Overseas League Competition. a former winner of the Accenture Bursary Award and Camerata Ireland Young Musician Award. In 2008, Brian performed with Camerata Ireland in Dublin’s National Concert Hall under Barry Douglas and with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Highgrove before the Prince of Wales. He appeared again with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy at the 2009 Windsor Festival. Brian has recently been awarded the National Concert Hall of Ireland’s ‘Rising Star’ award.
Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and director.
As soloist and chamber musician, highlights of this season include appearances at the Larzac, North Norfolk, Battle, Ironstone and Marryat Players chamber music festivals, as well as the Oxford Lieder Festival. In May 2019, he appeared as a guest artist with the Nash Ensemble to record Fanny Mendelssohn’s string quartet, and in January 2020 he returns to Wigmore Hall as violinist of the Phoenix Piano Trio.
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Photo credit: Andrej Grilc
This performance has been made possible through a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.