The first period instrument string quartet to be selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet are rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting ensembles of their generation.
They have been enthusiastically received at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, and many other leading concert venues. They have also appeared frequently on Radio 3, for whom they will shortly be hosting a new series of programmes called Consone and Friends.
Tonight they are focussing on music of the classical and romantic periods – repertoire for which they are particularly celebrated. We have a welcome opportunity to hear music by Fanny Mendelssohn alongside one of her brother’s greatest quartets. There is also a Haydn classic and Schubert’s Quartettsatz, a movement from a quartet that the composer never completed. It seems it’s not only symphonies that remained unfinished.
The Consone Quartet play ‘with such intelligence and imagination, that I would happily listen to them every day’ – Sir Roger Norrington
Haydn String Quartet in B-flat major, op. 33 no. 4
Fanny Mendelssohn String Quartet in E-flat major
Schubert Quartettsatz, D703
Felix Mendelssohn String Quartet in D major, op. 44 no. 1
The Consone play quartets by Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn:
Schubert’s string quintet: