Music under tyranny
»Passion, precision, warmth – a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet,« wrote one New York Times critic in praise of the Jerusalem Quartet. The acclaimed ensemble, which was formed in 1996, is now coming to Hamburg to perform music composed under tragic circumstances.
Sergei Prokofiev wrote his String Quartet No. 2 during his stay in the North Caucasus, after being evacuated there because of the war. During that time he studied local folk traditions: in the string quartet he combined those eastern song and dance melodies with western tonality in order to make it accessible to a broader audience.
Like Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich also suffered under the Stalinist dictatorship. He wrote his Quartet No. 10 in 1964, and the work is particularly famous for its diabolically furious scherzo. In contrast, sorrow is the primary emotion in Béla Bartók’s sixth and final string quartet. He wrote the work in 1939, just as the Second World War was breaking out and his mother lay dying.
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov violoncello
»Musik unter Gewaltherrschaft«
Streichquartett Nr. 2 F-Dur über kabardinische Themen op. 92
Streichquartett Nr. 10 As-Dur op. 118
– Interval –
Streichquartett Nr. 6 Sz 114
Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
18:30 / Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal