The NCO Norton Concerts
In memory of Herbert Norton
introduced by Nicholas Ward – violin
Nicholas Ward violin | Simon Gilks violin | Richard Muncey viola | Cara Berridge cello
Beethoven Quartet in A op 18 no 5 | Janacek Quartet no 1 Kreutzer Sonata | Beethoven Quartet in E flat op 127
Tickets: £15.00 | Over 65 £12.00 | Students and Under 18 Free
Continuing NCO’s Beethoven 250 celebrations we have two of his string quartets set off by one of Janacek’s masterpieces from his old age – quartet no 1, the Kreutzer Sonata – passionate gestures alongside vigorous Czech folk dances. Op 18 no 5 in A is very much a homage to Mozart and specifically his own quartet in A K464. Op 127 in E flat, first of his late quartets, has an imposing opening, stretching the sonority of four string players. The slow movement is arguably Beethoven’s greatest set of variations while the finale dissolves into an extraordinary ethereal coda.
Christ Church has a great acoustic, good heating and a good view with the ensemble on a raised platform. Interval drinks are available and there is free parking.