Monday 24th April at 7.30pm, Hoylake Chamber Concert Series, St Hildeburgh’s church, 1 Stanley Rd, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 1HL
Shostakovich Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.122
Mozart Quartet in E flat K428
Beethoven Quartet in B flat, Op.130
with Grosse Fuge Finale
Since the mid-1980s the Coull Quartet has made over 30 recordings featuring a wide selection of the repertoire closest to their hearts, from the complete Mendelssohn and Schubert quartets to 20th century and contemporary British chamber music. Their CD of quartets by Maw and Britten on the Somm label has received universal acclaim; in addition to being featured in “Editor’s Choice” in The Gramophone, it was also described as the “Benchmark Recording” by BBC Music Magazine. Their recordings of music by Sibelius and Ian Venables have also received excellent reviews in the major musical publications.
Their impressive and unusual list of commissions includes works by Sally Beamish, Edward Cowie, Joe Cutler, David Matthews, Nicholas Maw, Robert Simpson and Howard Skempton. These include string quartets, quintets with piano or wind player, works with solo voice or choir, and even a piece for quartet and table tennis players!
The rare combination of maturity and freshness which characterises the Quartet’s performances is often singled out by reviewers:
“Here the playing is so brimful with enthusiasm and commitment, and at the same time so infused with the accumulated wisdom of three decades, that the music simply reinvents itself as it should”. (The Strad)