Quatuor Voce: Bartók Plus


BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

Fri 20 Sep 2019 1.00pm - 2.00pm
LSO St Luke's, London

KODÁLY Intermezzo for String Trio
BARTÓK String Quartet No 2
KODÁLY String Quartet No 2 Op 10

Quatuor Voce

Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)
NB Unallocated seating

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Part of 2019/20 season

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Three folk-inspired masterworks by friends, colleagues and fellow countrymen Kodály and Bartók – two composers united in their affinity for the music of their native Hungary.

Opening with Kodály’s serene serenade Intermezzo for String Trio, French quartet Quator Voce get under the skin of the composer’s String Quartet No 2, a piece which bristles with the energy of Hungarian dance rhythms. While subdued at first, the rhythms build and build throughout the piece, unleashed at the end in a wild finale.

Kodály himself described the three movements of Bartók’s Second String Quartet as three ‘life episodes’, moving from ‘a quiet life to joy to sorrow’. Like Kodály’s Quartet, the piece swells in intensity, closing in mournful disquiet.

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Recorded by BBC Radio 3 for broadcast on 16 October

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