Bram van Sambeek bassoon
LeFanu Harlequin Memories for bassoon and string quartet world premiere
Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.3 in E flat minor, Op.30
Our third and final Festival commission comes from English composer Nicola LeFanu, commissioned specifically for the Heath Quartet and performed with young bassoonist Bram van Sambeek. Complimented by Isang Yun’s 1983 Monologue for solo bassoon and Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet, this poignant new work reflects on the life of a Shoreditch wood-turner and kicks off a compact programme from some of the most exciting and original young players on the international chamber music scene.
A keen interpretive insight combined with refined playing, this is one of the most interesting young quartets I have heard in recent years.
The Strad Magazine
Supported by Stephen Massil, the Britten–Pears Foundation and Spitalfields Music’s New Music Commission Fund. Commissioned in memory of Bill Massil, born 100 years ago and resident of Shoreditch.