29 Sep 2004
Bartok in Bromsgrove 
Ex-Factory Classical artists The Duke String Quartet (featuring John Metcalfe on viola and fresh from playing with The Durutti Column at Ronnie Scott's on Sunday) and Rolf Hind will play at a 3-day Bartok Festival at the Spadesbourne Hall in Bromsgrove this weekend. A packed programme sees a total six concerts from Friday evening. Full details are available on the Bromsgrove Concerts site but here are the highlights:

Friday 1 October

Duke String Quartet and Rolf Hind (piano)
Bartók Quartets nos. 1 and 3 and the Schnittke Piano Quintet

Saturday 2 October

Duke String Quartet and Rolf Hind (piano)
Rolf Hind Eye of Fire [Rolf's new commission for string quartet and piano]
Shostakovitch Viola Sonata [John Metcalfe says: "very good for those who want to hear the Ceruti on its own!"]
Schnittke No.2

Rolf Hind solo recital
Featuring works by Bartók, Pál Kadosa, Ligeti, Liszt and Kurtág

Duke String Quartet
Kodaly Quartet no. 2 and Bartok Quartets nos. 5 and 6

Sunday 3 October

Duke String Quartet and Rolf Hind (piano)
Featuring pieces by Bartók, Bloch, Messiaen and the Schnittke Quartet no.3

Duke String Quartet and Rolf Hind (piano)
Bartok Quartets nos. 2 and 4 followed by the Shostakovitch Piano Quintet

Venue: Spadesbourne Hall, Burcot lane, Bromsgrove
Tickets: £12 (£11/£4)
Tel: 01527 874163
Web: www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Thanks to John Metcalfe for info.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

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