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Casals and Cosmos Quartets

Directory

    Cosmos Quartet
    Raquel García-Tomás: […] così mostraste a lei i vivi ardori miei […] (2015-18) 10'‎
    Robert Gerhard: String Quartet No. 2 (1962) 14'‎

    Cuarteto Casals
    Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2 (1808) 40'‎

Performers

    Cosmos Quartet
    Helena Satué, violin
    Bernat Prat, violin
    Lara Fernández, viola
    Oriol Prat, cello

    Cuarteto Casals
    Vera Martínez Mehner, violin
    Abel Tomàs Realp, violin
    Jonathan Brown, viola
    Arnau Tomàs Realp, cello
    • €32
    • Hall 2 Oriol Martorell
    • Barcelona String Quartet Biennale

    The Cosmos and Casals quartets take us through over 200 years of European music history, from the time of Napoleon to the 21st century.

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    Program

    Claudio Monteverdi’s madrigal Sfogava con le stelle is the starting point for Barcelona-born composer Raquel García-Tomás’s original work for string trio revised for quartet ensembles. The square brackets around the title represent a lack of a beginning and an end, the fragmented and uncertain nature of any creation. The Renaissance madrigal theme appears in the middle of the harmonic clash and joins forces with the most modern techniques.

    In the second string quartet, which is split into seven parts but with a single time signature, Robert Gerhard goes deep into the techniques of Schönberg’s serialism and legacy and explores new timbre possibilities for string instruments. Finally, we will hear the second of Beethoven’s three “Razumovsky Quartets”, a work commissioned by the Russian ambassador to Vienna, that has become a leading work in the European chamber music repertoire.

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