Strauss with the Brodsky Quartet

June 30, 2023
7:30 pm
Bovey Tracey
Church of St Peter, St Paul and St Thomas of Canterbury


Mozart | String Quintet k593

Richard Strauss | Metamorphosen

Tchaikovsky | Souvenir de Florence

Brodsky Quartet & Friends

The Brodsky Quartet’s fifth visit to Bovey Tracey is also a celebration of their 50th anniversary: fifty years since the original four players first played together.

This special occasion will be made extra-special by the addition of three additional musicians – Luba Tunnicliffe (viola), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello) and Leon Bosch (bass) – in order to tackle pieces written for five, six and seven players.

The centrepiece of the concert is Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Souvenir de Florence, occupying the whole of the second half. Those who heard the quartet play the same composer’s Quartet No. 3 in 2014 might expect high energy, high emotion, tenderness and great melodies. They will not be disappointed!

Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen was written in 1945. This searing piece carries the same emotional punch as other mid-century pieces like Barber’s Adagio and Shostakovich’s Eighth Quartet. Our Bovey audience is going to love it.

Finally, Mozart’s string quintets are often held up as the work of a composer at the peak of his powers, and the String Quintet in D – written in his last year of life – is surely that. A bubbling, life-enhancing work overflowing with ideas, it makes for the perfect curtain-raiser.

Any profits from this event will be donated to Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool.