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The Endellion String Quartet is renowned as one of the finest quartets in the world. It was founded in January 1979 and three of the original players continue to be members. Ralph de Souza joined them thirty-two years ago in 1986. In 2013, Gramophone stated 'There’s always a feeling when listening to the Endellion Quartet that you’re listening to the Urtext method of quartet playing. Maybe 35 years of playing together has brought to them as a group a uniformity of thought and instinct that allows them to play as a single entity.'
The 2018-2019 season is the Endellion’s fortieth since their first rehearsal on 20 January 1979. They have been ‘Resident Quartet’ of Cambridge University for well over half of these years. This year’s programmes contain a mixture of some of the first pieces which the Endellions learned together with new pieces especially commissioned for their 40th Anniversary.
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet Op.44 No.1
BRITTEN String Quartet No.3 Op.94
BEETHOVEN String Quartet Op.59 No.2 (‘Razumovsky’)
The Mendelssohn is a joyous and celebratory piece to open the series. Britten’s quartet, nearly his final utterance, is darkly introspective and the Endellions have championed it throughout their career, recording it for EMI and for Warner. Beethoven’s tremendous second ‘Razumovsky’ is another riveting mainstay of their repertoire.
The Series concert dates (all Wednesdays) are:
24 October 2018
21 November 2018
30 January 2019
27 February 2019
24 April 2019
22 May 2018
Photo credit: Eric Richmond