String Quartet No. 1 in C Op. 49
String Quartet in F
Renowned for their electric performances both live and recorded, the Duke Quartet's versatility has led them into a broad range of projects including pop, education, dance and their own compositions all of which have been highly acclaimed.
The Quartet's desire to push back the boundaries is evident in their commitment to commissioning and performing new works from composers such as Deirdre Gribben , Rolf Hind, Stephen McNeff and Joby Talbot. This, together with the player's love and command of the traditional string quartet repertoire, has helped them to become one of the most sought after string quartets. They have been giving recitals for over seventeen years, performing in the UK's top venues and festivals and broadcasting regularly on Radio 3. Their international schedule has taken them to countries as far apart as Columbia, the Yemen, South Africa and Japan.
The Quartet's outstanding musicianship can by heard on their many CDs. Their debut recording, featuring works by Barber, Dvorak and Philip Glass, was selected at the 1995 Cannes Classical Music Awards as one of the world's top debut CDs of the year and their disc featuring Berg's Lyric Suite and Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht received glowing reviews for its intense musicality and technical excellence. The 2002 recording of music by Kevin Volans, with whom they have had a close working relationship for many years, received a Gramophone Award nomination for best contemporary recording.