Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Adrián Varela violin

Jan Regulski violin

Gijs Kramers viola

Eric Villeminey cello

Bach Contrapunctus 1 from The Art of Fugue

Bach Contrapunctus 14a from The Art of Fugue

Bach Choral Aus Meines Herzens Grunde, BWV 269

Bach Choral Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 86

Stravinsky Concertino for String Quartet

Piazzolla Suite Punta del Este

Violinist Adrián Varela leads a string quartet in fugues and chorales by JS Bach, Stravinsky’s Concertino, and his own arrangement of Piazzolla’s suite Punta del Este.

The intricate four-part fugue that opens Bach’s masterpiece The Art of Fugue also opens this evening’s performance – hear the instruments weave across each other, as each of the four melodic lines is brought out in turn.

Following two tender chorales, enjoy music by two later composers whose music builds on Bach’s legacy. Stravinsky’s rhythmically charged Concertino for String Quartet packs a kaleidoscope of colours into just eight minutes of music, while violinist Adrián Varela presents his own arrangement of one of Astor Piazzolla’s richest orchestral works. Named after a Uruguayan holiday resort where Piazzolla spent many fondly-remembered summers, the Suite Punta del Este combines Piazzolla’s tango heritage with his love of Baroque and Classical forms.



  • Tickets: This concert is FREE and unticketed - just walk in
  • Running time: 50 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • Drinks: You can take drinks from the bar into this evening's performance
  • After the concert: In the evening programme at 7.30pm, Philippe Herreweghe, one of the great exponents of Baroque and Classical music, joins the full Orchestra for a programme of Bach and Mozart, culminating in the majestic Jupiter Symphony.  

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series