Three extraordinary sound-worlds collide. Schnittke’s sonata (presented again by popular demand after July’s launch concert) mixes deep mystery, madcap energy, brutality and beauty (and even a touch of boogie-woogie?); the Arensky, with its rich two-cello sound and its justly-famous variations on a Tchaikovsky tune, enters the incense-laden Orthodox church with its mystical chants; while Messiaen’s Quartet, written in the hell of a Nazi prison camp, truly is the music of divine revelations.
Alfred Schnittke Violin sonata no.1
Arensky Quartet in A minor for violin, viola and two cellos, op35
Messiaen extracts from Quartet for the end of time with readings from Four Quartets by T.S.Eliot
Priya Mitchell, Polina Leschenko, Sascha Bota, Julian Arp, Claude Frochaux, Reto Bieri, Julius Drake, Tetiana Lutsyk.
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