Last night, I was at Sage Gateshead Hall Two reviewing the first Late Mix concert of the season for Bachtrack. The programme was built around Britten’s first and last major works – the Sinfonietta and the 3rd string quartet. The final movement of the string quartet, was an absolute revelation to me. It’s quite simply one of those pieces of music that makes the world a better place.
A tightly constructed programme of music by Graźyna Bacewicz. Paul HIndemith and Dmitri Shostokovich reflects both the musical and political moods of the 1930s and 40s.