In the Beginning Lunchtime Concert

8 May
Studio Theatre
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with ENSEMBLE 360

HAYDN String Quartet Op.33 No.1
JENNY JACKSON Focus Pull Platform 4 commission for May Festival 2017
TANEYEV String Trio in E flat Op.31  

Russian chamber music owes much to the salons of Vienna! Members of the aristocracy on their Grand Tours discovered a style of music that was simply unknown in St Petersburg and Moscow, inspiring men such as Count Rasumovsky and Tsar Alexander to become patrons of Beethoven. Haydn’s Opus 33 Quartets were dedicated to Grand Duke Paul and were premiered on Christmas Day, 1781.

'He is the greatest master of counterpoint in Russia. I am not sure there is his equal in the West.' Tchaikovsky writing about Sergei Taneyev.


Music in the Round has commissioned the members of Sheffield’s professional composers collective, Platform 4 to each write a new work for this 2017 Festival, inspired by famous Russian repertoire. You can hear the new pieces performed alongside the works that inspired them in each programme.  Before and during the Festival, online and in person, the composers will be explaining and illustrating how they’re creating new music from great works. Find out more at

Experience thrilling live music by the world’s greatest Russian composers, performed up close in the Crucible Studio this May. See the full festival diary here.

Don’t know where to start? Listen to the festival highlights playlist or come along to a Russia in the Round ‘taster’ concert on 11 March.

Running time: About 55 minutes (including a 15 minute interval)
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