Brahms String Quartet No. 3
Áine Mallon Flotsam
Schubert Quartet No. 15 in G major
Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Piatti Quartet has performed in major venues and festivals throughout the UK and worldwide. Their programme opens with Brahms’ third quartet which ‘truly sounds like the work of a man on his summer holiday. Especially in its outer movements there is a feeling of the countryside, of sunshine’ (Misha Amory). Áine Mallon is a young composer from Northern Ireland, whose short work Flotsam is a sonic exploration of how plastic pollution in our oceans is affecting marine life. Franz Schubert wrote ‘For long years I felt torn between the greatest grief and the greatest love...’, words which go to the heart of his epic G major quartet, perhaps the most noble yet poignant musical statement ever made.