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Early and Late – Chiaroscuro Quartet

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Kings Place: Hall One90 York Way, London, Greater London, N1 9AG, United Kingdom
On Sunday 29 April 2018 at 18:30
Alina IbragimovaViolin
Pablo HernanViolin
Emilie HörnlundViola
Claire ThirionCello

For Beethoven, Bach was ‘the immortal God of harmony’, whose music had an indelible influence on his own. The celebrated Chiaroscuro Quartet, led by Alina Ibragimova, open with Bach’s enigmatic trove of four-part writing before leaping into Beethoven’s vivacious early Op. 18 No. 4 Quartet, with its fugal textures and unruly asymmetry.

Franz Schubert, provoked by Beethoven’s example, developed a new approach in his late works, integrating and transforming ideas from stage or song into quartets of immense dramatic power. In the Rosamunde, which quotes from the song ’Beautiful world, where are you?’, past conflict and present peace provide the spur for a sublimated musical narrative.

Part of Time Unwrapped 2018 at Kings Place 

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