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Chiaroscuro Quartet

Chiaroscuro Quartet

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Leeds International Chamber Season 2018/19: Schubert and Friends

Chiaroscuro Quartet
Alina Ibragimova - violin
Pablo Hernán Benedi - violin
Emilie Hörnlund - viola
Claire Thirion - cello

Katherine Spencer - clarinet
Peter Whelan - bassoon
Richard Bayliss - horn
Luis Cabrera - double bass

Mozart - Clarinet Quintet Listen
Schubert - Octet Listen 

The season opens with a concert featuring Schubert’s masterpiece of the chamber repertoire, his Octet of 1824. Schubert’s piece was strongly influenced by Beethoven’s Septet of 1799, not least in the number of movements, six in both works, and the arrangement of keys. The Octet was commissioned by Ferdinand Troyer, a renowned amateur clarinettist, and as a result there is particularly beautiful and prominent writing for the clarinet.

“Katherine Spencer is simply the best clarinettist performing today, in my opinion, and we are incredibly lucky that she has agreed to perform two of the greatest chamber music masterpieces for us – a rare treat to hear them both together in one concert. I felt that the fabulous Chiaroscuro Quartet would complement her pure, warm sound and effortless music-making. She will be using clarinets from the period and the quartet will play on gut strings with historical bows. They particularly requested that I invite Peter, Chris and Luis to join them for the Octet. I am delighted that they were all able to come.” Sam Haywood - Artistic Director

This concert is part of the Schubert and Friends series taking place at The Venue:
Tuesday 13 November - Jack Liebeck, Guy Johnston & Sam Haywood
Tuesday 11 December - Ailish Tynan, Katherine Spencer & Sam Haywood
Tuesday 8 January 2019 - Sam Haywood
Tuesday 19 February 2019 - Elias Quartet
Tuesday 19 March 2019 - Rainer Honeck & Sam Haywood 

View the Schubert and Friends brochure online. 


Standard A £21, B £19
Over 60s A £19, B £17
Under 18s/students/unwaged A £10.50, B £9.50
(including booking fees)

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