Chamber Series: After Beethoven-Programme by Ann Cleare -“Infinity”
Enno Poppe Haare for solo violin
Rebecca Saunders The Underside of Green for clarinet, violin, piano
Judith Ring whispering the turmoil down for clarinet & electronics
Seán Ó Dálaigh Piano Trio
Simon Mawhinney Solo Fingers 2 for solo piano
Ann Cleare Fossil Light for clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Galina Ustvolskaya Duo for violin and piano
Ann Cleare -
In his late works, Beethoven realised a striking balance between necessity and freedom, regenerating musical ideas to such a degree that the material becomes almost infinite in its possibilities. Sudden modulations and unforeseen dissonances suggest an attempt to break away, to cross the borders of traditional harmony and rhythm, towards a more expansive form, perhaps what could be heard as a picture of musical infinity.
This programme from Irish, German, British, and Russian composers connect works of the recent past to the developing modernist vision of Beethoven in his late works, particularly the bold, contrasting, driving motifs of these pieces, and their ability to endlessly regenerate into an infinity of musical textures.
“At night, when watching in wonder the sky with that multitude of luminous bodies called suns or planets which forever circle in their orbits, my soul rises towards those distant stars, towards the prime source from which all that is created draws its origin… But when on occasion I try to give musical form to my excited emotions, I feel terribly disappointed: I fling my blotted sheet of paper with anger to the floor deeply convinced that no mortal man will ever be able to depict in sounds, words or colours the heavenly images that rose before his excited imagination at this moment” - Beethoven
Since its formation in 1990, Ensemble Musikfabrik has had the reputation of being one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music. Following the literal meaning of its name, Ensemble Musikfabrik is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation. New, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in unusual media are typical of their productions.