In the resplendent St Georges Concert Room tonight to hear one of the world’s great string quartets play. The Tokyo String Quartet performed Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, Op 11 (1936) which has as its second movement the Adagio which was spun off as a separate piece, the popular Adagio for Strings. This is the piece, as performed by the Boston University Tanglewood Institute String Quartet Workshop:
Also on the programme was A Way A Lone by Toru Takemitsu and Schumann’s String Quartet, Op.41 No.3, seen here played by The Beacon String Quartet:
The Tokyo Quartet are: Martin Beaver, violin; Kikuei Ikeda, violin; Kazuhide Isomura, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. Introducing their encore (a Haydn movement), Martin Beaver commented that this was the Quartet’s first appearance in Liverpool, about which he was particularly pleased as his mother had been born here.