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Written in Fire

Rakhi Singh & Vessel

Using a potent mixture of folk idioms and high classical language, Janacek’s second string quartet is an explosion of feeling for Kamilla Stosslova, his long-time correspondent and muse…

A fantasy written in near delirium, in turns tender and generous, frenetic and still, the quartet is charged with Janacek’s deepest and ultimately unattainable desires.

Rakhi Singh and Vessel will present a performance of Intimate Letters played from memory, followed by a collaborative composition in response to the quartet.

The collaboration is not an attempt to contextualise the piece for a modern audience, or to create a piece in the style of Janacek; rather, it is a sympathetic, original and personal acknowledgement of the cascade of feelings, the dizzying musical gymnastics and the passionate irreverence for form that the piece so powerfully communicates.