TCHAIKOVSKY String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor Op.30
BALAKIREV Octet Op.3
DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après midi d’un faune (chamber ensemble arrangement)
SHOSTAKOVICH Excerpts from Jazz Suite No.1 and the Suite for Variety Orchestra
Ensemble 360 hosts a festival finale in the grandest style!
The evening opens with Tchaikovsky’s majestic third String Quartet. The melancholy slow movement apparently moved audience members to tears at its first performance, yet the piece finishes in a determinedly upbeat manner.
The second half sees Ensemble 360 occupy every inch of the Studio’s stage for Debussy’s dreamy Prélude à l'après midi d’un faune – another work made famous by Nijinsky’s scandalous choreography – and a vibrant selection of Shostakovich’s ‘jazz’ music, arranged especially for this occasion by Iain Farrington.
(the final toast)
This concert will also be recorded for broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
This concert is generously supported by Kate Dugdale
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.