The Doric String Quartet are the finest string quartet of their generation.
They bring to Stamford a programme of exploratory string quartets; all are early works in each composer’s quartet writing, indeed Haydn’s Op. 20 quartets, written in 1774, are the foundation stone for all classical string quartets, and the Doric play them excellently. Geoffrey Norris, in The Daily Telegraph described the Quartet’s disc of the Op. 20 quartets (2015) as “miraculous”.
Britten’s String Quartet No. 1 was written in 1941 for his patron, Elizabeth Coolidge, while he was in the United States. He had written music for string quartet previously as a teenager, but this is his first mature work for the form.
Mendelssohn’s Op. 12 is also an early quartet composition, written at the age of 20 during a tour through England, Wales and Scotland. The quartet shows Mendelssohn’s innate gift of melody combined with the textures of his elfin music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.