Saturday 18 September 7.30pm
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York
Unreserved seating £15
Gala Concert by Festival Artists
Anthony Marwood and Pablo Hernán (Violins)
Lilli Maijala (viola)
Tim Lowe (cello)
Angela Hewitt (piano)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
String Quartet No. 17 "The Hunt", K. 458
Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911) Piano Quartet in A Minor
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
Inspired by hearing Haydn’s Op 33 string quartets in 1782 the youthful Mozart embarked on a series of his own. Hearing them a few years later Haydn told Mozart’s father, “…your son is the greatest composer that I have ever come across.” ‘The Hunt’ quartet is innovative and its mood is playful and good-humoured. Mahler’s piano quartet is in reality one movement of an abandoned youthful quartet and the Austrian symphonist’s only chamber music. It is serious, emotional and dark.
As Dvořák approached the peak of his international fame, he composed one of the greatest chamber music masterpieces at his country retreat, Vysoka,– it is a beautifully lyrical and open-hearted outpouring. With Angela Hewitt playing the piano and our international star cast of string players this performance rounds off the 2021 festival in joyous mood.