Sunday 13th November 2022 – 3.00pm
Cinema, Newton Stewart
The Primrose Piano Quartet was formed in 2004 by four renowned chamber musicians and is named after the violist, William Primrose. The group’s acclaimed discography includes favourites such as works by Fauré, Brahms, Elgar, Strauss, and Schubert as well as a British repertoire featuring neglected masterpieces of the 19th and 20th century and major commissions from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Anthony Payne (premièred at the Cheltenham Festival and at King’s Place London).
The Quartet enjoy a busy performing schedule throughout the UK and abroad with recent tours taking them to Denmark, Germany, Romania, Portugal, and Bulgaria in addition to regular appearances at London’s Kings Place, Wigmore and Conway Halls. Their own festival in West Meon, Hampshire is now in its ninth year, and they were appointed ensemble-in-residence at the Battle Festival in 2016.
Their latest recording of the complete Brahms piano quartets, hailed by critics as “revelatory” was made in a historic hall Vienna using pianos of the period. Inspired by their research the Primrose are offering three exciting new programmes placing the Brahms works in context with progenitors and contemporaries from the Viennese tradition. Today’s programme looks at the relationship between Brahms and the Schumanns, via the following pieces;
Brahms Piano Quartet C minor, Op 60
Brahms Intermezzo Op117 no 1 for Solo Piano
Brahms FAE Scherzo for Violin and Piano
Clara Schumann Three Romances arranged for Viola, Violin and Cello and Piano
Robert Schumann Piano Quartet Op 47