The Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today
Winners of countless, notable competitions and awards, this is their first performance in Drogheda which is presented in association with the National String Quartet Foundation.
Performing a programme themed around Love & Death, the first half of the programme is a collection of short works by Kurtág, Turina and Puccini plus Janáček’s famous quartet “Kreutzer Sonata” based on Tolstoy‘s novella. The programme ends with one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden. Some interpret it as Schubert’s testament to death, and find that the theme of death is palpable in all four movements. It is a breathtaking work and incredible work to experience live.
Selected for representation by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) from 2006 to 2010, they have been awarded the MIDEM Classique Young Artist Award, a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a Musica Viva tour and prizes at the Banff, Melbourne and Florence International String Quartet Competitions..
The Navarra Quartet has appeared at major venues throughout the world including the Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Sydney Opera House and international festivals such as Bath, Grachten, Sandviken, Schwetzinger, Rheingau, Mecklenburg- Vorpommern, Huntingdon (Australia), Aix- en-Provence, Bellerive and the BBC Proms. Further afield they have given concerts in Russia, the USA, China, Korea and the Middle East and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, RAI 3 (Italy), Radio 4 (Holland), SWR (Germany), Radio Luxembourg and ABC Classic FM (Australia). The Quartet has collaborated with artists such as Li-Wei, Guy Johnston, Mark Padmore, Allan Clayton, Francesco Piemontesi, John O’Conor, Simone Young and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Turina La Oración Del Torero
Kurtág Ligatura Y
Kurtág Ligatura – Messages To Frances-Marie
Janáček String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
Kurtág Arioso Interrotto (from Officium Breve 1988)
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’
…the players realize the music’s essential intensity with their vivid sense of dramatic expression in an intensely detailed performance.
BBC Music Magazine