Haydn considered his The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross to be one of his greatest works superior to either of his later oratorios, The Creation and The Seasons. It is performed in its most popular quartet setting by the illustrious Brodsky Quartet alongside two string quartet miniatures by the Holy Week Festival’s featured composer, Sir James MacMillan.
A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.
This will be the quartet's first UK performance with their new member, Gina McCormack, replacing Daniel Rowland who leaves the quartet to pursue a solo career after twelve wonderfully diverse years. Gina is a highly sought-after violinist, who has dedicated her musical life to playing quartets. As a consequence she has not only performed but recorded much of the repertoire that has become synonymous with the Brodsky Quartet. And so it seems, the stars have aligned to bring these two musical forces together.
“The Brodsky’s ability to communicate on so many levels - humanity and virtuosity all part of the essential integrity of their approach…” The Guardian