Britten-Pears Young Artists II
Sat 20 Oct 5:30pmFrom £5.00 to £10.00
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The viola takes centre stage
Danny Koo violin
Alice Chenyang Xu piano
Isabel Charisius, Hélène Clément viola
Britten Elegy for solo viola 4′
Britten Suite Op. 6 18′
Mozart String Quintet 30′
Britten’s suite is a joyously eclectic affair, unashamedly heart-on-sleeve, dizzyingly virtuosic, magpie-like in its stylistic borrowing but always bearing the composer’s musical stamp. The rest of the programme orbits round the viola, Britten’s own instrument. His touching elegy is as restrained as the Suite is flamboyant, and the emotional resonance of Mozart’s late quintets seems to stem from the inclusion of an extra viola in the texture, creating a mellifluous, darkly hued sound world.