Saturday 23 January 2021

Revolutionary Drawing Room

In Memory of Patrick Taylor

"A Night at the Opera"

Mozart - Quartet in D major KV499

Donizetti - Quartet No 7 in F minor (1819)

Verdi - Quartet in E minor

Puccini - "I Crisantemi"

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.

 

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. They use original bows, or modern copies, and often employ more than one in a concert depending on the range of repertoire.

The name 'Revolutionary Drawing Room' refers to the revolutionary years in Europe between 1789 and 1848. The 'drawing room' (the name deriving from the earlier 'withdrawing room') was where chamber music was performed in Georgian times, in the houses of musicians and their patrons. The dates are only a guide to give an idea of the period of music we cover but we often perform works written both before and after these dates.

 

The ensemble, founded in 1990, has performed in Canada, Germany, Holland, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark as well as across the UK and recorded for CPO (Donizetti and Boccherini) and the BBC (Mendelssohn Octet). Recent appearances have included concerts in Herne in Germany, Ireland, Conway Hall and the London Handel and Tilford Bach Festivals.