‘This is a superb ensemble, intelligent, technically brilliant, wonderfully balanced.’ The Times
Haydn String Quartet Op.64 No 1
Brahms String Quartet Op.51/1
Adams Selection from 'John’s Book of Alleged Dances'
Rag the bone
Judah to ocean
Haydn String Quartet Op.64 No 6
Widely hailed as a leading quartet of its generation, the Doric String Quartet is noted for its fresh approach and the depth of its interpretation. The ensemble spans the history of the string quartet, from the Classical poise of Haydn (known as ‘the father of the string quartet’) to John Adams’s contemporary wit.
Haydn’s Op. 64 quartets are intimate pieces with a relaxed tunefulness — a bracing contrast to the rich textures and restless intensity of Brahms’s C minor quartet. John Adams says that his dances were 'alleged' ‘because the steps for them had yet to be invented'. Dry, droll and sardonic in tone, they bring the artform bang up to date.