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Kuss Quartett

Programme

Introduzione & Sonate no. 1 (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, op. 51) Joseph Haydn
Frieze 2 (Pulse Shadows) Harrison Birtwistle
Fantasia 3 (Pulse Shadows) Harrison Birtwistle
Sonate no. 5 (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, op. 51) Joseph Haydn
IV Et... Tango mortale (Arcadiana) Thomas Adès
Frieze 1 (Pulse Shadows) Harrison Birtwistle
VI Albion - VII Lethe (Arcadiana) Thomas Adès
Erdbeben (Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, op. 51) Joseph Haydn
String Quartet no. 14, D 810, "Death and the Maiden" Franz Schubert


This fascinating programme from the Kuss Quartet takes death and the Passion as its theme. Haydn originally wrote The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross for orchestra, before subsequently creating an oratorio version and another for string quartet. Kurtág composed his Officium Breve, dedicated to the memory of the Hungarian composer Endre Szervánszky, in 1989. Arcadiana (1994) by Thomas Adès evokes lost idylls, while Harrison Birtwistle's Pulse Shadows (1996) is a series of meditations on poems by Paul Celan. After the interval, we will hear Schubert's most celebrated quartet, "Death and the Maiden".