Saturday 16 February 2019

Revolutionary Drawing Room

"A Viennese Quartet Party"

Mozart - String Quartet No . 19 K. 465 

Vanhal - String Quartet in E flat

Dittersdorf - String Quartet No. 6

Haydn - String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2

The Revolutionary Drawing Room is that rare group, a string quartet that performs late 18th- and 19th-century repertoire with a sound derived from the beauty and flexibility of gut strings.


This is an exciting concert with a slightly different slant. The Revolutionary Drawing Room's 'Viennese Quartet Party' presents the music of four composers based on Michael Kelly's book of 'Reminiscences'. In it, he paints a picture of late 18th century Vienna and especially the party he attended where the 4 composers, Haydn, Mozart, Dittersdorf and Vanhal played quartets together.

The political upheavals of the time were matched by a breathless pace of change and the forging of new styles, forms and tastes both in the music and in the instruments used. The Quartet use original bows, or modern copies, and often employ more than one in a concert depending on the range of repertoire. 

Founded in 1990, the Quartet has made appearances in the Gregynog, Maldon and Petworth Festivals and the London BachFest and they are currently performing a complete cycle of Beethoven's Quartets over four years at St. John’s, Smith Square. In July 2017 they took part in the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, Canada, with three concerts featuring Beethoven's Op. 18 quartets, and a "Soirée" appearance at the National Gallery of Canada.