Entertainment, Music, Classical

Carducci Quartet

Up Next: 1st February 2023, 7:30pm
Location: Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
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Matthew Denton violin
Michelle Fleming violin
Eoin Schmidt-Martin viola
Emma Denton cello
Luke Thallon, Lucy Phelps actors

Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet in E-flat
Fanny Mendelssohn, arr. Emma Denton Juni, Oktober and Postlude from Das Jahr
Felix Mendelssohn Movements from String Quartets nos. 1, 2 and 6

Felix and Fanny

Felix and Fanny explores the intense connection between the Mendelssohn siblings through their music, intertwined with spoken word adapted from Myla Lichtman-Fields’s play of the same name. Struggling with conflicting impulses of authorship versus social expectations, Fanny Mendelssohn spent the majority of her lifetime restricted to private performances and watching her brother take credit for the music she had written. In this performance, the Carducci Quartet places Fanny’s music centre stage. Adapted into a two-person play by Myla Lichtman-Fields, letters between the siblings interweave movements from Fanny’s highly expressive String Quartet and a selection of pieces from her ground-breaking Das Jahr.

‘Alongside music by Felix, Fanny’s musical diary reveals a raw emotional intensity. There’s no better ensemble to uncover Fanny’s quest for recognition than the Carducci Quartet’ (The Guardian)

‘Playing of constant variety, a masterclass in unanimity of musical purpose’ (The Strad)

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