Brodsky Quartet

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The Brodsky Quartet is a British string quartet, in existence since 1972, though only Ian Belton and Jacqueline Thomas are original members.

In addition to performing classical music, and in particular the string quartet repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartók and Shostakovich, they have collaborated with such rock and pop figures as Björk, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney. They perform the "Strings" on Björk's "Family Tree" collection.

The quartet used to perform standing up. Jacqueline Thomas had her cello fitted with an extra-long spike and she used a small stool under her left foot so that the instrument could rest against her bent knee.

In May 1998 the Brodsky Quartet was presented with a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for an outstanding contribution to the world of music.

As well as their performance and recording work, the Brodsky Quartet are currently the visiting quartet at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where they regularly tutor young chamber music ensembles who attend the academy. For many years they taught and performed at the Dartington International Summer School.

The Brodsky Quartet is not the first quartet of that name. Violinist Adolph Brodsky led two separate quartets under that name. In 1918 Edward Elgar dedicated his String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83 to the 2nd Adolph Brodsky quartet.

In 2016, The Quartet recorded an album with Australian Katie Noonan called With Love and Fury, which re-imagines the poetry of Judith Wright.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Beethoven: Op. 135 / Schostakowitsch Op. 144 Ludwig van Beethoven, Dimitri Schostakowitsch; Brodsky Quartet 1
1989 Streichquartette Nr. 7, 8 & 9 Dimitri Schostakowitsch; Brodsky Quartet 2
1990 The String Quartets Shostakovich; Brodsky Quartet 2
1993 The Juliet Letters Elvis Costello and The Brodsky Quartet 5
1996 Mozart / Haydn Brodsky Quartet 1
1997 Brubeck: Chromatic Fantasy / Stravinsky: Concertino / Weill: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 8 Brodsky Quartet 1
2000 Island Dreamings / String Quartets Peter Sculthorpe; Brodsky Quartet, Anne Sofie von Otter 1
2002 String Quartets Tchaikovsky, Britten; Brodsky Quartet 1
2005 Moodswings Brodsky Quartet 1
2006 String Quartets, op. 59, nos. 2 & 3 Ludwig van Beethoven; Brodsky Quartet 1
2010 Rhythm & Texture Brodsky Quartet 1
2013 In the South Brodsky Quartet 1
2014 String Quartet, op. 51 no. 2 / Clarinet Quintet, op. 115 Brahms; Michael Collins, Brodsky Quartet 1
2014 Messages: Chamber Works for Strings Andrzej Panufnik, Roxanna Panufnik; Brodsky Quartet, Robert Smissen, Richard May 1
2014 New World Quartets Dvořák, Barber, Gershwin, Copland, Brubeck; Brodsky Quartet 1
String Quartets 1, 3, 4 Schostakowitsch; Brodsky Quartet 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Best of Brodsky Quartet Brodsky Quartet 1

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