Shot through with silence, String Quartet No.5 delves deeper into the shadowy world of the Fourth Quartet from 2012. The character is subdued and introverted; only towards the end of its 11-minute span does the work open out into something more affirmative, before falling back to the hestitant questioning with which it begun.
String Quartet No. 5 was commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Tanglewood Festival, and was first performed in Tanglewood in the summer of 2015. It received its European premiere at the Proms in the same year, performed by the Apollon Musagete Quartet.