Edward Elgar (1857– 1934)
String Quartet in E minor e-Moll, Op. 83
Galina Ustvolskaya (1919– 2006)
Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Igor Stravinsky (1882– 1971)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770– 1827)
String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2
This programme’s centrepiece is the second of Beethoven’s three quartets commissioned by Andrei Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador in Vienna. The third movement contains a Russian folk theme. Elgar’s only mature string quartet also has a Russian connection: it was written in fulfilment of an earlier request by the Adolph Brodsky Quartet, and its elegiac tone may remind us of Tchaikovsky, a strong influence from Elgar’s earlier years. Stravinsky, in the same decade, took the urban world of his own time, and produced a whimsical, even anarchic parody of ragtime, that sounds like a succession of bar-room pianists heard during a walk through the streets. Galina Ustvolskaya wrote her Trio in the late 1940s, when no one else in the Soviet Union dared to write such challenging music (with the exception, perhaps, of her teacher and admirer Shostakovich). Unsurprisingly, the piece had to wait many years before it could be premiered.
Before the concert a light lunch will be available.
CHF 30 (4 variations incl. 1 drink)