Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: Concert 2

Ashburton Chamber Music Festival: Concert 2

Thursday 25 July 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Broadhempston Parish Church

Chamber Music Festival 2019

The festival’s second concert opens with Shostakovich’s sixth quartet written while he was on honeymoon: a surprisingly playful, even sweet, work from a composer more often associated with biting irony or painfully dark music. Cassado’s solo suite for cello comes next and is the Spanish composer’s interpretation of how Bach would have written for the cello if he had been born 1,500 miles to the South. Dvorak’s “American” quartet closes the concert. Written during a sojourn in Iowa, USA, the piece is both an homage to American sound and energy even as it is unmistakably Eastern European and possibly the finest quartet by the Czech master.

Dmitri Shostakovich: String quartet No. 6
Gaspar Cassado: Suite for Solo Cello
Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet in F Major, Opus 96 “American”