If you're looking for an evening of contemporary classical compositions, we've got a real treat for you. United by a near-obsession for the form, these three 21st-century string compositions explore journeys and transformations, enriched by influences from a diverse array of modern genres.
The first performer, Thomas Seltz, has transitioned from rock musician to contemporary composer over the course of his career. This process is documented in his string quartet, which was developed over eight years and bears the rhythmic and melodic imprint of his background in popular music and hard rock.
Similarly eclectic, Joby Talbot’s versatility is evident in the breadth of his work, which spans film and ballet as well as both pop and orchestral composition. The mesmeric rhythms and harmonic lines of his String Quartet No.2 breathe with a minimalist transparency.
Also performing will be The Chiara Quartet, performing Nico Muhly’s Diacritical Marks. The work’s eight short movements seek to overcome the expectation that string quartets are "meant to be giant expressions of a composer’s emotional life" by focusing on details: "a tiny dot above a letter, a tiny swivel of the bow."
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Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
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