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Carducci Quartet and Anton Lesser: Life, Letters and Friendship

10th March 2024

15:00 - View all performance times

Turner Sims Southampton , Building 52 University of Southampton Salisbury Road

Box Office: 023 8059 5151

Carducci Quartet and Anton Lesser Life Letters and Friendship

Experience the intense emotional power of Shostakovich’s String Quartets. The Carducci Quartet paint an intimate portrait of the great composer through music and spoken word. Shostakovich walked a delicate tightrope, balancing political pragmatism with personal expression against the backdrop of Josef Stalin’s tyrannical Soviet regime. For this concert, the composer’s music is interspersed with historical sources and letters from him to one of his closest friends. They are read by British actor Anton Lesser (Game of Thrones, Endeavour, The Crown). Together, they paint a fascinating picture of how music offered a much-needed emotional outlet in the most difficult of times.Guiding you through the perilous politics and personal highs and lows are the Carducci Quartet. They cemented their reputation as leading interpreters of Shostakovich in 2015 with an ambitious, seven-hour marathon of all 15 quartets. The Guardian called this five-star undertaking ‘truly extraordinary’.

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10 Mar 2024 - 15:00 2 hours Standard - Min: £25.00 | Students - Min: £12.00 Book Tickets

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