Schubert Ensemble at Kings Place

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PART 1: 'Behind the Notes'

Short break (10 mins)

PART 2: 8:10pm approx.

Martinu Piano Quintet No. 2

Dvorak Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

William Howard piano

Simon Blendis violin

Tristan Gurney violin

Douglas Paterson viola

Jane Salmon cello

The Schubert Ensemble's six-part exploration of the piano quintet repertoire concludes with a pair of contrasting Czech works. Dvorak's Piano Quintet Op. 81 is a feast of memorable melodies and is imbued throughout with the flavour of Bohemian folk song and dance. One of the most immediately engaging and lovable quintets in the whole repertoire, it exemplifies Dvorak's extraordinary imagination for variety and colour in his use of the instruments and for endlessly beguiling accompaniments. Composed in just six weeks in 1887, it shows the composer at his most confident and high-spirited.

Martinu's Second Piano Quintet is seldom performed, but is also a dazzling and virtuosic work written by a composer at the height of his powers. Written in 1944 after the war had driven Martinu into a life of exile in the USA, the work reflects some of the restlessness and anxiety of that period of his life, while at the same time pulsing with the rhythmic vitality, syncopations and jazz influences that characterise the best of Martinu's often unjustly neglected music.

The Schubert Ensemble's highly-acclaimed 'Behind the Notes' sessions will explore and illuminate the lesser known work, using live performance to strip down the music and reveal its inner workings.

Venue Details & Map

Kings Place

90 York Way
King's Cross
N1 9AG
+44 (0)20 7520 1460
Public transport:
Kings Cross St Pancras International Euston

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