An evening of some of the most personal and intimate music ever written for string quartet: Edmund Finnis’ second string quartet is a focused and fragile investigation of sound, revealing soft bare music slowly shifting, finding form, then melting away and will be followed by Nick Martin’s work of shimmering beauty, Queers Tears, written for the Nordic String Quartet.
Alongside these two beautiful works by young British composers is Mendelssohn’s most dissonant and emotionally charged composition: his final string quartet, written as a homage to his sister who died earlier in the year that he wrote it.
This is music that’s spinning inexorably to its end and is uncompromising in its asperity.
Jonathan Morton (violin), Clio Gould (violin), Oliver Wilson (viola), Clare O’Connell (cello)
Edmund Finnis – String Quartet No. 2
Nick Martin – Queers Tears
Mendelssohn – String Quartet no. 6 in F minor
Neilson arr. Nick Martin – Tit er jet glad