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News · Britten weekend at Snape Maltings, Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

Britten weekend at Snape Maltings, Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian

“The Doric String Quartet led a spellbinding series of concerts, rich in variety, impeccable in execution. This elite British ensemble, founded two decades ago, played the central repertoire… The String Quartet No 2 (1945) was premiered on the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death, the yearning, melancholy last movement ‘chacony’ – variations over a ground bass – a stylistic homage to the earlier master, some of whose fantasias were played alongside at Snape. The Doric Quartet gave a molten performance, each musician – violinists Alex Redington and Jonathan Stone, viola player Hélène Clément (who plays the instrument that once belonged to Britten himself), cellist John Myerscough – strong and independent, pulling together as one: as you’d hope, but don’t always get, from any top quartet ensemble. They have just recorded the complete Britten quartets: it will be an essential purchase.”

Britten weekend at Snape Maltings , Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, 27th October 2018

Doric String Quartet Alasdair Beatson Photo Matt Jolly Snape Maltings