The young Echéa Quartet was formed at the Royal Academy in London in 2017 and have already won several prizes. Ligeti’s inspiration for his First Quartet came from a study of Bartók’s Third Quartet. From his great predecessor he borrowed his intense melodic and harmonic language, while providing himself the explosive forces that threaten to tear the quartet apart. Back in the sixties, Ligeti banned performances of this Quartet as he considered it too conventional and unrepresentative of his modern style. This concert has given the Echéa the opportunity to work with two contemporary composers – one of the Festival’s Composition Competition winners, James May and the violinist-composer Henning Kraggerud, whose Preghiera was written for the Brodsky Quartet.
|James May||Sculpture VI|
|Ligeti||Quartet No.1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’|
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