Quatuor Ébène – Antoine Tamestit viola – Antoine Lederlin cello
Ai limiti della notte per Viola Solo Salvatore Sciarrino
Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher Henri Dutilleux
Ainsi la nuit Henri Dutilleux
Night Bridge, nocturnal poem for string sextet Quatuor Ébène, *
Verklärte Nacht, op. 4 Arnold Schönberg
The four young chaps in Quatuor Ebène are always up for a challenge. They play Haydn and Schumann as easily as Sting and the Beatles. In this concert, which roams through the night, the foursome strays from the beaten path. Quatuor Ebène begin by diving into the night with an intriguing piece entitled Ainsi la nuit by French composer Henri Dutilleux, one of the pinnacles for string quartets from the second half of the 20th century. The quartet stay with the night theme in their performance of Schönberg’s famed Verklärte Nacht. For this piece, in which the composer still tapped into a rich, romantic vein, the quartet broadens its ranks to introduce violinist Antoine Tamestit and cellist Antoine Lederlin. And all six stay on to finish off the concert with a couple of jazzy numbers!