Claude Debussy’s quest to liberate sensuality led a revolution in French musical identity. His String Quartet in G minor replaces rigid thematic structures with a free flow of colours, motifs and gestures. The vibrancy and energy for which Nigel Westlake is renowned make his eagerly-awaited new string quartet – a special commission by the ASQ – a splendid companion to that of the great French composer.
Includes Devonshire tea served prior to the performance from 10.00am.
Dale Barltrop | violin
Francesca Hiew | violin
Stephen King | viola
Sharon Grigoryan | cello
Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
I. Animé et très decide
II. Assez vif et bien rythmé
III. Andantino, doucement expressif
IV. Très modéré – En animant peu à peu – Très mouvementé et avec passion
Nigel Westlake (b.1958)
String Quartet No.3* (Premiere Season)
*Commissioned by the ASQ with generous support from Carl Wood, and Don and Veronica Aldridge.
Photo: Jacqui Way