Lipatti Piano Quartet | 23 May


Beethoven · Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.16

Suk · Piano Quartet in A minor, Op.1

Fauré · Piano Quartet no.1 in C minor, Op.15

The Lipatti Piano Quartet was formed in 2013 by four young award-winning instrumentalists, and has established a reputation for the quality and commitment of its interpretations of both classical and contemporary works for piano quartet.

Beethoven completed his Quintet for piano and winds in 1796, genial and urbane music which clearly owes a debt to Mozart’s quintet for the same combination, though Beethoven’s voice remains his own. He arranged it, with minimal reworking, as a piano quartet, and published both versions as Op.16 in 1801.

Josef Suk, a child prodigy, was one of the most gifted students in the composition class at the Prague Conservatory taught by Dvořák. What became his piano quartet, Op.1, was written as a graduation thesis and dedicated to his teacher; it is brimming with youthful enthusiasm but already showing considerable individuality.

Gabriel Fauré’s first Piano Quartet has become one of his best-loved works. Although in a minor key, it is predominantly positive in tone.

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January 2020
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