Helen Grime’s new string quartet “a triumph of concision”

The Edinburgh Quartet’s 2013/14 Season will conclude on Saturday 7 June at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 7.30pm.

The concert will feature the second performance of a new string quartet by Helen Grime, commissioned by the Edinburgh Quartet.

Kenneth Walton had this to say about the world premiere performance in Edinburgh on 21 May:

“This continuous three-movement work is a triumph of concision – the masterful art of creating long-term meaning out of fertile nuclear ideas. These ideas develop through a series of duos, the cello and first violin interacting with, and counteracting, the other two players in what Bartók would have called “a game of couples”.

But it’s the seamless unwinding of the music – the powerful sense of ebb and flow in which temperatures soar and subside with febrile intensity, together with the Edinburgh Quartet’s hot, incisive performance – that gives this charismatic piece its impulsive theatricality.” (www.scotsman.com)

The programme will also include Mendelssohn’s Quartet No 1 in E flat Op 12 and Smetana’s Quartet No 1 in e minor “From My Life”.

Tickets £15, £12 concessions, £5 children and students (unreserved seating) on sale at https://boxoffice.rcs.ac.uk/show.asp 0141 332 5057.