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Haydn, Mozart & Britten

The Badke Quartet
Lana Trotovšek · Emma Parker · Jon Thorne · Jonathan Byers

St Olave's Church, Hart Street, London 18 July 2012

Thomas Butler [L] with his successor Michael Gammie
photo by Phil Manning, St Olave's Church manager

This notable recital marked the retirement of Thomas Butler as curator of the distinguished series of St Olave's recitals since 2002, with previous involvement back to the late 1990s.

String quartets of Haydn (Op 20/4), Mozart (K. 590) and Britten (No. 3) made an ideal programme for the occasion.

The Badke's playing was intense, with good rapport between the musicians, who had developed this repertoire for touring abroad.

The classical masterworks were slightly compromised by the leader's strident metal e-string; maybe she should think about gut strings and a different violin for their early repertoire?

The Britten (composed in Venice when Britten was already very ill, and introduced interestingly by the cellist, a good communicator) was especially rewarding heard live. This was as involving an account of it as I can remember.

Peter Grahame Woolf

See the Badkes play Tomkins Sad Pavan for these distracted times



Concert including world première of Adam Johnson's Celebration Variations for Piano Quintet *

Peter Grahame Woolf