Dmitri Shostakovich was deeply affected by Soviet communism, which sprang into life in October 1917 – inspired by the studies of Marx and Engels in Chetham’s Library. As we approach the centenary of Red October, Chetham’s presents all fifteen Shostakovich String Quartets, performed by superb professional performers, Chetham’s students and leading conservatoires.
The Vasara Quartet, formed in 2012 at the Royal College of Music, continues the Shostakovich cycle with Quartet No. 3 – described by the composer as a tale of war – and 14, written in 1972 with a dedication to cellist Sergei Shirinsky. Chetham’s string staff complete the evening, with the continuation of the complementary series of Beethoven Op. 18 quartets.
Book any four concerts in the Shostakovich cycle to receive a 20% discount.