Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Russian Stars Open Season; Jazz, Blues and Classical

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Russian Stars Open Season; Jazz, Blues and Classical

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Byline: RICHARD YATES

FOUR brilliant young musicians from Russia, the Atrium String Quartet, are opening the new season of six concerts from the Newcastle Chamber Music Society at The Sage Gateshead next month. The group, who won first prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in 2003, will be including two Russian works in their Hall Two recital on October 10 - Shostakovich's Quartet No.7 and Nurymov's Quartet in Memory of Indira Ghandi.

The Leopold String Trio are next in line, taking to the Hall Two stage on December 5, performing Boccherini's Trio in D, Op.14, No.4, Beethoven's Serenade for String Trio, Op.8, and works by Martinu and Taneyev. Into the new year, the Endellion String Quartet make a welcome return on January 9 to perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven as well as Smetana's Quartet No.1 in E minor, From My Life. There is a rare opportunity to hear Franck's Piano Quintet in F minor when he Sage plays host to the Schubert Ensemble on February 27, and the group will also be performing a piano quartet they commissioned from Graham Fitkin, a former composer-in-residence with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, entitled Touch. …

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