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The Brodsky Quartet

August 23, 2010

Received this plug for the Brodsky Quartet’s new CD, which I am more than happy to pass on:

The Brodsky Quartet, renowned for its eclectic programming and its pioneering work with diverse artists such as Elvis Costello and Björk, will release a new recording at the end of this month.

A review from Gramophone Magazine once stated that “The Brodsky Quartet’s musical explorations know no limits” and this is illustrated in its forthcoming recording Rhythm and Texture to be released on 31st August. This disc’s repertoire is based around five composers who have consistently ignored musical barriers in favour of freedom of expression, whatever the style. For your information I have pasted the repertoire at the end of this email.

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation. 

The Brodsky Quartet has recently been touring Australia with the repertoire on its forthcoming album. Besides its members just performed in Dartington with John Metcalfe and Natalie Clein yesterday and they will be playing the same pieces in Amsterdam tomorrow. 

The Brodsky Quartet also has a blog – http://brodskyquartet.blogspot.com/  

 Rhythm and Texture (2010):

 Javier Alvarez          Metro Chabacano

 George Gershwin      Lullaby

 Mario Lavista           Reflejos de la Noche

 Osvaldo Golijov        Tenebrae

 Maurice Ravel          String Quartet in F (1902)

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London Phoenix Orchestra — A Little Light Music

February 9, 2009

phoenixlite

Yes, we’re here again! Lev Parikian conducts the London Phoenix Orchestra in a scintillating programme of American and Russian light music, with overtures to two great shows – Gershwin’s Girl Crazy and Bernstein’s Candide – and Gershwin’s brilliant tone picture, An American in Paris.   And there are three nice little pieces by Leroy Anderson (whose centenary was last year), and the so-called ‘Jazz Suite No. 2’ by Shostakovich, which isn’t jazz at all but is, er, a lot of fun (especially for the saxophonists).  Oh, and Shostakovich’s ‘Tahiti Trot’, better know to you and me as ‘Tea for Two’.

(And I get to play the contra!  That was a nice surprise.)

It’s on Tuesday 24 February (which happens to be my birthday) at Cadogan Hall

BE THERE!!