Kings Place launches Chamber Classics festival

Year-long celebration of chamber music includes pieces as voted for by you!

Brodsky Quartet

Last May we asked readers of BBC Music Magazine to vote for their favourite pieces of chamber music. Now the result, revealed below, will form the centre-piece of a year-long festival at London’s Kings Place.


The top five chamber works, as voted for by you, were Schubert’s String Quintet, Mendelssohn’s String Octet, Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K581 and Beethoven String Quartet Op. 130.

These works, plus the next 45 which received the most votes from our readers, will form the central strand of Top 50 Chamber Classics Unwrapped and will be performed by the likes of the Brodsky Quartet (pictured above), the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Dante Quartet and soloists including violinist James Ehnes, pianist Imogen Cooper and flautist James Galway.

But that’s not all. The festival will also include study days covering French chamber music, Beethoven’s String Quartets and Schubert’s late masterpieces.

The festival kicks off on 15 January 2014 and tickets are available to buy now from the Kings Place website.


BBC Music Magazine readers’ top 50 chamber works

1. Schubert

String Quintet

2. Mendelssohn

String Octet

3. Schubert

Piano Quintet in A major ('Trout Quintet')

4. Mozart

Clarinet Quintet K581

5. Beethoven

String Quartet op. 130 (including the Grosse Fugue)

6. Schubert

String Quartet No. 13 ('Death and the Maiden')

7. Brahms

Clarinet Quintet in B minor

8. Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 8

9. Dvořák

String Quartet No. 12 ('American')

10. Beethoven

String Quartet Op. 131

11. Messiaen

Quartet for the End of Time

12. Beethoven

String Quartet Op. 132

13. Schumann

Piano Quintet in E flat, Op. 44


Violin Sonata No. 9 ('Kreutzer')

15. Beethoven

Piano Trio, Op. 97 ('Archduke')

16. Bach, JS

The Art of Fugue (for string quartet)

17. Brahms

Piano Quintet in F minor

18. Schoenberg

Verklarte Nacht (for string sextet)

19. Ravel

String Quartet

20. Bach, JS

Violin Sonata No. 2

21. Borodin

String Quartet No. 2

22. Bach, JS

A Musical Offering

23. Mozart

Serenade No. 10 ('Gran Partita')

24. Janáček

String Quartet No. 2 ('Intimate Letters')

25. Franck

Violin Sonatas

26. Beethoven

String Quartet Op. 135

27. Bartók

String Quartet No 4

28. Dvořák

Piano Quintet No. 2

29. Ravel

Introduction and Allegro

30. Debussy

String Quartet No. 1

31. Shostakovich

Piano Quintet

32. Rachmaninov

Cello Sonata

33. Ravel

Piano Trio

34. Schubert


35. Bartók

String Quartet No. 5

36. Tchaikovsky

String Sextet, Op. 70 ('Souvenir de Florence')

37. Beethoven

Violin Sonata No. 5 ('Spring')

38. Elgar

Piano Quintet

39. Janáček

String Quartet No. 1 ('Kreutzer Sonata')

40. Bartók

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

41. Schubert

Piano Trio No. 2

42. Bach, JS

Flute Sonata BWV1030

43. Brahms

Horn Trio

44. Debussy

Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp

45. Mozart

Divertimento in E flat K563

46. Shostakovich

Piano Trio No. 2

47. Sibelius

String Quartet, Op. 56 ('Voces Intimae')

48. Beethoven

Piano Trio Op. 70, No. 1 ('Ghost')

49. Brahms

String Sextet No. 1

50. Nielsen

Wind Quintet Op. 43