Sun 13 Sept 8pm
Presented by Kate Molleson
Duration: approx. 75 mins
Adagio in B minor K540
String Quartet No 3
Piano Concerto No 14 in A major K414
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Credit: Sarah Wijzenbeek
The first of Mozart’s two A major piano concertos dates from soon after his arrival in Vienna – a richly tuneful calling card to spread his reputation among the city’s music lovers. He said it could be played either with orchestra or ‘a quattro’ – with string quartet accompaniment – and it’s a pleasure to welcome back Tom Poster as soloist in this collaboration with the Navarras.
They bring their own calling card in the 3rd and last of Britten’s quartets, works with which they have a long association. This extraordinarily moving piece, from the final year of Britten’s life, was described by his life partner Peter Pears as having “profound beauty more touching than anything else, radiant, wise, new, mysterious – overwhelming”
The Navarra Quartet brought me to tears with Britten's String Quartet No. 3. They captured his slow and at times angry dance with mortality with remarkably tightly contained power.
. . . the Mozart concerto [was] as brisk and crisp as you could wish for, and with Poster both dashing and poised, suave and sure though never without that touch of merriment (or devilry).
Holy Trinity stands on the site of a Franciscan friary (the original ‘Lamp of Lothian’ before that title passed to St Mary’s Church nearby) which was built here in the 13th Century. The friary was demolished in 1572, and almost two centuries later, in 1769, work was begun on a ‘qualified’ Anglican chapel which was finally consecrated as Holy Trinity in 1815. The present chancel was added and the interior remodelled in an attractive neo-Byzantine style in 1930.