Pavel Haas Quartet

Birmingham International Concert Season 2010/11

Thu 20 Jan 7:30pm at Birmingham Town Hall

Britten Three Divertimenti 10’
Ravel String Quartet 29’
Schubert Quartettsatz 10’
Dvořák String Quartet, Op 96, American 29’

Encore Dvořák Tempo di Valse

‘Take note: this is one of the most polished and musically exciting young string quartets in the world today,’ announced The Washington Post last year. The Pavel Haas Quartet play the best-loved of Dvořák’s quartets alongside the urbane lyricism of Ravel and pieces by Schubert and Britten.

BBC Music magazine’s Editor, Oliver Condy, explains why he has recommended tonight’s concert:
“Since being part of the BBC New Generation scheme a few years back, the Pavel Haas Quartet has been making waves in the UK and Europe. Undoubtedly the most talented of all the fine chamber groups to emerge recently from the Czech Republic, this young quartet has proved themselves to be one of the most versatile quartets on the scene.”

Review for same concert, different venue, by Chris Robins, Yorkshire Post! :

….. “Their programme showed off their versatility and phenomenal tonal range. Britten’s Three Divertimenti were precocious student pieces precociously played with a nod towards Walton in his cheeky Sitwell days.

In Ravel’s Quartet, another student piece, the players demonstrated a range of colours from shimmering silver to darkest purple, one moment fizzing with electricity and the next spinning ethereal filigree.

Schubert’s Quartettsatz was dramatic, agitated and tinged with a foreboding stirred up by its relentless ostinato accompaniment.

The players evoked the relaxed sensuous nature of Dvorak’s Op 96 F major Quartet, rejoicing in its potent rhythmic inventions as well as its gorgeous melodies.”

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Tuesday 8 February
1.00-2.00pm BBC RADIO 3
Penny Gore presents the award-winning Pavel Haas Quartet, graduates of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme, in the first of four Lunchtime Concerts from the ensemble this week.