Concert 6 - Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 8pm PDF Print E-mail

piano and strings

Bruch  Piano Quintet in G minor  


Bray  Piano Quartet   
Dvorak    Piano Quintet no. 2 in A, op 81       

"the performers swept us along

irresistibly with that same 

combination of reckless abandon

and perfect control"  



After 35 years at the top of their game, this will be the Schubert Ensemble's final season. The group has performed in over 40 countries, has over 80 commissions to its name and has recorded over 30 highly acclaimed CDs. In 1998 the Schubert Ensemble's contribution to musical life was recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010.

For their fourth and final appearance at ICC, the Schubert Ensemble bring Bruch's Quintet, written for a group of amateur players in Liverpool, and filled with his luscious song-like melodies. Charlotte Bray's quartet was written for the ensemble and inspired by a visit to Greenland: well received on its premiere earlier this year the three movements explore the different forms of ice – an ice-field, a calving glacier and an iceberg. The programme culminates with one of the masterpieces of the piano quintet repertoire – a mixture of Dvořák's expressive lyricism and his unique ability to distil the essence of Czech folk music.