Haydn String Quartet in D major Op. 20 No. 4
Moeran String Quartet No.2 in E flat major
Boydell Adagio and Scherzo
Dvořák String Quartet No. 12 Op. 96 ‘American’
The versatile and award-winning Anglo-Irish Carducci Quartet was founded in 1997 and has won numerous international competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild Competition 2007 and Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004. ‘Every page of the six quartets of op. 20 is of historic and aesthetic importance’. So wrote Donald Tovey of this set of quartets by Haydn, and the miraculous D major quartet is no exception, exuding a sense of musical adventure. E.J.Moeran spent much of his life in Ireland and the influences are clear in his joyful and melodic E flat quartet. Brian Boydell was a towering figure in musical life in Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century and his Adagio and Scherzo is a concise, characterful work from 1991. Dvorak’s American Quartet remains one of the most popular and loved quartets in the repertoire, renowned for its flavours of American, African-American and Slavonic folk music.