On this CD the Heath Quartet brings us a contrasting program of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartets: his Quartet No. 1 (well-known for its “Andante cantabile”) and the amazing Quartet No. 3.
String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 11
String Quartet No. 3 in E flat minor, Op. 30
As performed by the Heath Quartet.
Since winning 1st Prize at the Tromp Competition, the Heath Quartet has earned a strong international presence. In 2011 they were awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Special Ensemble Scholarship and undertook complete Beethoven cycles at the Facyl Festival in Salamanca and in Edinburgh.
Highlights over the last year have included recitals at Wigmore Hall in London. Future engagements include complete Tippett and Bartók cycles, and a recital with the soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci at Wigmore Hall, debut recitals at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, return visits to the Concertgebouw.
The Sunday Times wrote earlier this month that:
“Russian interpreters have tended to dominate this repertoire in the catalogue, so it’s good to hear these outstanding young British musicians in still relatively neglected works…the Heath players pour out Tchaikovsky’s grief for his friend with a depth of tone and virtuosity – in the allegros – that matches the finest Russians on disc. A notable debut”.
Here is the Heath Quartet playing Schubert: