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LSO St Luke's Tenth Birthday Festival: BBC R3 Lunchtime Concert:: Wihan Quartet
Mozart - String Quartet in D minor, K421
Dvorak - String Quartet in F major, Op 96 (‘American’)
According to his wife Constanze, the rising figures of Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor corresponded to her frequent cries from the room next door. Although composed while Dvorák was on holiday in a predominantly Bohemian farming community in Iowa, his ‘American’ String Quartet mimics the birdsong of the native Scarlet Tanager which Dvorák heard while out hiking in the countryside.
The Wihan Quartet was established at the Prague Academy of Arts in 1985, since when they have won many awards including first prize in the 1991 London International String Quartet Competition. The players of this outstanding young string quartet always bring extraordinary insight and intensity to the playing of music of their native land of Bohemia.
'This is the finest recorded performance I have encountered to date' (BBC Music Magazine on the Wihan Quartet's Dvorak Op 61 recording).
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Venue: LSO St Luke's
Phone: 020 7490 3939
→ Barbican 8 min walk
→ Old Street 5 min walk