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Britten-Pears Young Artists II

Sat 20 Oct 5:30pm

From £5.00 to £10.00

Britten Studio

Part of Britten Weekend: The String Quartets

Saturday 20 October 2018 - 5.30pm

The viola takes centre stage

Danny Koo violin
Alice Chenyang Xu piano
Isabel Charisius, Hélène Clément viola
Castalian Quartet

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.

Venue Address:

Britten Studio
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP