Chandos Records signs the Brodsky Quartet as an exclusive Chandos artist, in time for the Quartet’s fortieth anniversary celebrations in 2012. The Quartet’s first Chandos CD, Petits Fours, will be released in February 2012.

The Brodsky Quartet was formed in 1972 and quickly emerged at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. It has performed more than 2000 concerts and has made more than fifty highly acclaimed recordings. Its forthcoming Chandos CD includes many of the encores it has performed over the years, which are notable for their novelty and diverse range of styles and emotions; together they form an entertaining and original collection in their own right. All the pieces have been arranged by the quartet and are collected together in this album in celebration of the anniversary.

One recurring characteristic of the Quartet is its inclusion of guest artists, who take the group away from the standard string quartet repertoire. This will be reflected in two further recordings to be released on Chandos in 2012: a CD of works by Debussy (with the pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in the Piano Trio and the harpist Sioned Williams and double-bass player Chris Laurence in the Deux Danses for harp and strings) and a CD of American songs (with the bass-baritone SirWillard White).

Away from the recording studio, the Brodsky Quartet will perform some special anniversary programmes to reflect its long history, including a unique and off-beat lucky-dip event. The ‘Wheel of 4Tunes’ will spin and come to a stop on one of a selection of forty quartets from across its extensive repertoire, which the ensemble will perform; this will be repeated until a programme of ‘4tunes’ has been completed. Interspersed with informal background information and chat, this concert will offer an intimate insight into the group’s history and identity. ‘Wheel of 4Tunes’ concerts will take place at the Lancaster International Concert Series, City of London Festival, St George’s Bristol, and many more. For further information on concert dates please click here.

The Quartet has enjoyed many successful collaborations over the years, and regularly works with artists such as Elvis Costello, Sting, Anne Sofie von Otter, Martin Roscoe, Michael Collins, Tunde Jegede, Dawn Upshaw, and Björk. Its boundless energy and tremendous enthusiasm have led it in many artistic directions, from the classic quartet repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky to the very cutting edge of contemporary music and styles. Its passion to embrace ‘all good music’ has been the driving force behind its success and has kept its approach fresh and its enthusiasm high since its formation.

The Brodsky Quartet is named after the great Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, the dedicatee of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and a passionate chamber musician.

 

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