Newcastle Chamber Music Society: Marmen Quartet
Haydn Quartet in B flat, Op.64 No.3
Ligeti Quartet No.1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’
Brahms Quartet in C minor, Op.51 No.1
Prizewinners in the Banff and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competitions in 2019, this young London-based quartet is gaining an international reputation for its combination of character and polish. Highlights of their 2021 season include debuts at the BBC Proms and at the Berlin Philharmonie.
Haydn was famed for his sense of humour, which is evident in the high spirits of the outer movements of his B flat string quartet. Ligeti’s first string quartet was inspired by those of his follow-Hungarian, Bela Bartók, and is in one continuous movement. Written in the same key as his first symphony, the first of Brahms’s three quartets is a restless work, expressing moods of melancholy and anger.
‘I enjoyed their conversational approach to the piece [Mozart K387], with a genuine cantabile slow movement and a lovely sense of to-and-fro to the finale. However, this was just a curtain-raiser to a stunning performance of Ligeti’s quartet, a daring repertoire choice that paid off triumphantly.’ Simon Thompson, Seen and Heard International, 2018