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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Heath Quartet and Robert Thompson

Well today I was off to Wigmore Hall again. This was to a YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) concert.

YCAT was set up in 1984,

YCAT provides a unique stepping stone for exceptional young artists who have the potential for international performing careers. Introducing these artists at home and abroad, YCAT brings high quality classical performances to as wide a public as possible. YCAT is totally reliant upon the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations, and currently receives no public subsidy.

I have to admit to a degree of trepidation on this concert, not you understand the artists but the programme. One of the two pieces was the Piano Quintet by Dmitri Shostakovich a composer I haven't explored but oh hell it was £8 the other was by Haydn and I had a front row seat :D

The Artists were the Heath Quartet with Robert Thompson on Piano for the Quintet.

The full programme was:

Haydn - String Quartet in B minor Op. 33 No. 1
Shostakovich - Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57

I have to admit to some nervousness about booking this concert. And that was I know little of the music of Shostakovich. But I decided it was only £8 and would it make a change.

I needn't of worried. The Haydn was excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the Shostakovich. The Quartet were really good and I note they are doing a Sunday morning concert next March - tempting!

My one regret was how few people were there! Still it did mean I got a front row seat!

1 comment:

Tricia said...

It was a surprising concert all round; don't always like Shostakovich but this was exceptional. And some very talented musicians today

I agree it would have been nice to have a fuller house; those who didn't attend missed a treat..