Crisantemi G. Puccini
String Quartet Op 18 nº4 L.V Beethoven
String Quartet nº14, D.810 "Death and the Maiden" F. Schubert
ABOUT THE CONCERT
The Liverpool String Quartet returns to the fabulous Nordic Church in Liverpool on April 21st, with a programme of dramatic and evocative chamber music masterpieces.
Puccini wrote his elegy Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) in a single evening in 1890, after he heard about the death of Amedeo di Savoia, an Italian duke who had briefly served as King of Spain in the 1870s. It is a single movement of great emotional intensity, the main theme of which Puccini used in his third opera, Manon Lescaut (1893). It was also arranged for string orchestra, the Quartet version is rarely heard.
Beethoven’s Op18 No 4 was published in 1801 as part of a set of six string quartets, the first quartets that Beethoven had composed. It is in C minor, a key which has always been associated with Beethoven at his most dramatic, and this quartet is no exception, right from the start we are plunged straight into a stormy opening theme, and the whole quartet is full of dark urgency, turbulence and tension.
Schubert’s String Quartet No14 in D minor, also known as ‘Death and the Maiden’, was composed in 1824, and is widely acknowledged as one of the greats of the chamber music repertoire. It was written shortly after Schubert had suffered a serious illness, and realised that his health was of real cause for concern, the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet. The title ‘Death and the Maiden’ comes from the theme of the second movement which was taken from a song Schubert wrote in 1817 of the same name. In the song, a terror-stricken young maiden begs death to leave her alone, but death replies ‘I am not rough, you shall sleep gently in my arms’. Despite the deep melancholy of this work, the music is beautiful, enriching and incredibly moving.
£10 Adults, £6 Students, FREE under 12yo.
Róisín Walters (Violin)
Sarah Hill (Violin)
Daniel Sanxis (Viola)
Nick Byrne (Cello)
Tickets £10 Adults, £6 Students, FREE for under 12yo.
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