New worlds: when Dvorak travelled to America, he found a warm welcome in the local Czech community, and you can hear both his happiness and his homesickness in his irresistibly tuneful “American” quartet. Heitor Villa-Lobos, meanwhile, filled his Fifth Quartet with the joyous street music of Brazil. In between, Mozart writes a string quartet intended to impress a king, and the grand master of Italian operatic romance lets it all pour out, in one of the only pieces he ever wrote for string quartet. Pocket-sized Puccini? Believe it!
Villa Lobos Quartet No.5
Mozart Quartet in B flat K589
Puccini I Crisantemi
Dvorak Quartet in F Op.96 The American
For four decades here at the University of Warwick, the Coull Quartet has invited you to join them on that journey. This season their concerts will take you to Brazil, Hungary, France, and Soviet Russia; they’ll laugh, cry, and fall in love. There’s no emotion that can’t be expressed by a string quartet – and no string quartet commits to this music more deeply than the Coulls.