Peter Fribbins String Quartet No. 2 After Cromer
Haydn String Quartet No. 3 in C, Op. 76 Emperor
Suk Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale 'St. Wenceslas', Op. 35a
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 American
Tamsin Waley-Cohen violin
Emma Parker violin
Rosalind Ventris viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello
The British Quartet - Concert 2: 'Hymns'
The second concert of the series by the newly formed Albion Quartet presents the theme of 'Hymns'. Haydn's Emperor Quartet is named after the famous hymn 'Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser', and also marks out the letters of the hymn's title (GEFDC/k) in the first movement's theme. Peter Fribbins's Second Quartet (2005) uses the English hymn 'Cromer' through all its movements in a similarly motific way. Joseph Suk's Meditation is based on the old Czech St Wenceslas hymn and Dvorak's famous 'American' quartet contains poignant references to the hymns from the small rural chapels at home, and the Spirituals he heard on his travels in America in the 1890s.