Sunday Concerts: Engegård Quartet + Pre-Concert Talk

Sunday Concerts: Engegård Quartet + Pre-Concert Talk

Sunday, 21 April 2024, 5.00pm
Added by Conway Hall

This programme is the Engegård Quartet in a nutshell! The four quartets build upon the four pillars of the Norwegian group’s creative life. Mozart’s K589 sets the stage, following their acclaimed recording of all Mozart’s quartets. Bartók’s quartets have been an integral part of the Quartet’s repertoire throughout the last season, and the compact Third String Quartet is one of their favourites. The Norwegian singer and composer Maja Ratkje wrote ‘A Tale of Lead and Light’ for the Engegård in 2011, and this music offers a glimpse both into the composer’s sense of fear and sorrow following the terror attacks in Oslo that summer, and the hope and comfort she found in composing this quartet. Finally, Fanny Mendelssohn’s gorgeous Quartet in E flat is something the Quartet have been wanting to programme for a long time. The Quartet is working towards a festival devoted to both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, 1-2-3 Mendelssohn, 8-10 November in Oslo.

Mozart | Quartet No.22 in B♭ “Prussian” K.589
Bartok | Quartet No.3 Sz.85
Maja Ratkje | A Tale of Lead and Light
Fanny Mendelssohn | Quartet in E♭ H.277

Arvid Engegård • violin
Laura Custodio Sabas • violin
Juliet Jopling • viola
Jan Clemens Carlsen • cello

“breathtaking” – The Strad

Pre-Concert Talk with Robert Hugill • 5:30pm

In this talk we will explore three contrasting composers and works. Bartók’s Third String Quartet was his most adventurous so far and is one of his most tightly constructed works. Maja Ratkje is a contemporary Norwegian composer and vocalist who studied at IRCAM and with Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Kaija Saariaho. Descended on both sides from distinguished Jewish families, elder sister of Felix, Fanny Mendelssohn’s musical ambitions were limited by social conventions, yet she had as her role models two musical great aunts from influential Jewish families.

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Added by Conway Hall on 14 March 2024

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