Two concertos for string quartet and orchestra

Two concertos for string quartet and orchestra


norman lebrecht

August 27, 2018

A fascinating piece of London programming by the rising Juro:

Weds November 8

Life out of death

Czech music with the Borodin Quartet


Klein Partita for Strings
Schulhoff Concerto for String Quartet and Wind Orchestra*
Martinů Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra*
Janáček Sinfonietta

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Borodin Quartet*
London Philharmonic Orchestra



  • Leonard Slatkin says:

    There is another one that is equally amazing by Benjamin Lees. Truly worthwhile time spent if you can find it. And of course one by Schoenberg. Excellent programing for this concert.


    Nice programming! On the more “classical side”, don’t forget Louis Spohr’s Opus 131; a true concerto for String Quartet and orchestra. Seldom heard.

    • David K. Nelson says:

      I heard the Spohr Concerto performed in concert by the Milwaukee Symphony with the Fine Arts Quartet as soloists. Ingenious piece but not compelling listening, in my opinion. I believe it was part of the Milwaukee Symphony’s rather widely circulated broadcasts so I assume tapes are out there, somewhere.

  • RW2013 says:

    And Elgar of course, and
    The rave and the nightingale : a fantasy based on Schubert’s Quartet no. 15, Mvt 1, for string quartet and string orchestra by Matthew Hindson.

  • Peter says:

    Julian Orbon (1925-1991) wrote an impressive Concerto grosso for string quartet and orchestra (ca. 1960-1961). It is at 28 mins. a substantial work in three movements. The Lento is outstanding..

  • Hilary says:

    and Morton Feldman “String Quartet and orchestra”

  • Oded Zehavi says:

    Amazing programming. Wish to get some of it here in Israel

  • David Leibowitz says:

    Fantastic program! (Now I need to dig up a score of the Martinu…)

  • boringfileclerk says:

    Too bad they didn’t included the Schoenberg piece.

  • Larry says:

    Also concerti for string quartet and orchestra by: Gunther Schuller; David Diamond; Richard Danielpour (aka “Voices of Remembrance”); James Yannatos; Stephen Paulus (aka “Three Places of Enlightenment”.); Jean Martinon (“Concerto Lyrique.”)

    Lots of others, too!

  • Siegfried Bassoon says:

    The more important and general point in all this is the brave and illuminating programming which London has had from the LPO in recent years and which will be missed after Vlad’s departure in 2021 following the completion of his Ring Cycle.

    Jurowski is already bringing his fresh ideas and programmes to Berlin and perhaps he’ll be able to develop them in Munich as well.

    London may now have the shiny Rattles and Salonens of this world but aren’t they really just churning out their regular tried and tested repertoire?

    Let’s hope the LPO appoint an equally adventurous, but different, successor to Vlad. Who’s do we think is the running for that plum job?

    • Conducting Feminista says:

      His successor will be a woman because the era of male conductors is coming to an end.

    • MWnyc says:

      Salonen – tried-and-tested repertoire?

      • Hilary says:

        Not an accusation I’d throw at Salonen.

      • Don Ciccio says:

        I don’t think Salonen is as adventurous as Jurowski. Salonen usually includes modern pieces in most of his concerts, but generally alongside better know repertoire. Examples from the NY Philharmonic archive:

        February 2007:
        Ravel / Le Tombeau de Couperin
        Salonen / Piano Concerto
        Musorgsky / Pictures at an Exhibition (Ravel, Maurice)

        April 2017:
        Stravinsky / Funeral Song, Op. 5
        Davies / Forest: A concerto for four horns
        Strauss / Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra), Tone Poem (freely after Friedrich Nietzsche) for Large Orchestra, Op. 30

  • Saxon Broken says:

    Isn’t November 8 is a Thursday this year?