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In September 2011 the Chiaroscuro Quartet released its debut CD of music by Mozart and Schubert to critical acclaim. The disc was awarded a ‘Choc de l’Année’ by the French music magazine Classica and was highly praised by Télérama and the Strad magazine. It was chosen as 'Chamber Choice' in the December 2011 issue of BBC Music Magazine which described the playing as “period-instrument playing of consummate virtuosity”.
Future engagements for the Quartet include a return to Aix-en-Provence followed by a series of concerts throughout Sweden. They will return to the UK for a series of concerts broadcast on BBC Radio 3, their Edinburgh Festival debut and appearances at venues across London.
Formed in 2005, the Chiaroscuro Quartet performs music of the Classical era on period instruments informed by a historical approach. Recent UK concert highlights include appearances at Wigmore Hall in London, York Early Music Centre, The Sage Gateshead (recorded for BBC Radio 3) and a residency in Aldeburgh.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet in F Minor No 11, Op. 95
I. Allegro con brio
II. Allegretto ma non troppo
III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato - Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String quartet in E Flat Major No 16, K.428
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuet : allegro et trio
IV. Allegro vivace
“Vibrant, searching performances from this exciting young period-instrument quartet … the ensemble playing is little short of remarkable: the Beethoven second movement has rarely sounded so haunting, the Mozart finale so exhuberant”
14th July 2013
“the Chiaroscuro Quartet put period instrument practice to the fore, playing on gut strings, with minimal vibrato and tuning to the lower pitch of A430...It takes a moment to grow accustomed to the unfamiliar timbre but the rewards are immense.”