Britten & America: Transatlantic Encounters

Friday 19 Oct 2018 7:30pm

Doric Quartet
with Thalea and Tesla Quartets
Olivier Stankiewicz oboe
Alasdair Beatson piano

Copland Movement for String Quartet 4′
Britten Temporal Variations for oboe and piano 15′
Three Divertimenti 12’
John Woolrich Badinerie (from A Book of Inventions) (Snape Maltings commission, European Premiere) 15′
Korngold Piano Quintet 33′

Britten was to write his first official string quartet in America. Two years before leaving Britain, he produced a prototype; the charming Divertimenti, bristling with energy, panache and elegant melodic invention. There is lyricism aplenty in Korngold’s richly Romantic quintet and in Copland’s own compressed early quartet experiment, written on opposite sides of the Atlantic. John Woolrich’s new quartet provides another transatlantic connection, premiered earlier this year in New York and performed here by the American Tesla Quartet.