The third movement of Beethoven’s op. 132 was written while convalescing at Baden after a serious illness in 1824-25. He wrote the slow movement entitled ‘’Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit, in der lydischen Tonart’’ as a hymn of thanks to God for his recovery, praising his reawakened life. Bartók’s brooding 2nd Quartet is written in three parts which his friend and colleague Zoltán Kodály described as “life episodes”. This one-hour concert will be episodic too; moments of profundity and sorrow contrast with lightness and hope – a story spun by juxtaposing the music of Beethoven and Bartók with a commission from Edmund Finnis whose music has been described as “magical” (The Times), “iridescent, compelling” (The Guardian) and “ethereally beautiful” (Herald Scotland).
|Edmund Finnis – New Work|
|Bela Bartók – Quartet no. 2, op. 17, BB 75|
|Ludwig van Beethoven – Quartet in A minor, op. 132|
To create a full evening concert, the Solem Quartet can offer a short first half. This will take the form of Unpacking BBN Live; a sort of living programme note. Unpacking BBN Live features short performance extracts, the Quartet’s insights into preparing the music and key moments within it, connections between the works performed, as well as an informal Q&A with the audience.