As proudly as a national flag may wave, it can never completely take away the nation’s traumas. This concert will highlight a few of the biggest scars on the history of the 20th century.
Gavin Bryars took inspiration from the Titanic disaster, and wrote a piece that moves along at a fearsomely slow pace, and in which not only the ship, but the audience as well, may sink into mysterious depths. Black Angels by George Crumb was inspired by the Vietnam war. It is an unsettling work in which brutality and vulnerability are disconcertingly interwoven with each other. The title of
Different Trains is a reference to the wholly different destinations of American and European trains during the Second World War. After all the horror comes the consolation: Samuel Barber’s famous and healing Adagio is a genuine elegy. It’s become a recurring symbol of national mourning ever since it was played on the radio to announce the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945.
"Some hearers seem to require pretty constantly something which may be called a kind of ear-easing, and under a limited prescription; if they get it, they put the music down as beautiful; if they don’t get it, they put it down and out – to them it is bad, ugly or “awful from beginning to end”." – Charles Ives (Music and Its Future, 1933)
Gavin Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic
George Crumb: Black Angels *
Steve Reich: Different Trains *
Samuel Barber: Adagio
* On 23.09 the entire programme will be performed. Op 24.09 at 18:30 Different Trains (25’) will be omitted and at 20:30 Black Angels (20’) will not be performed.
Including mini-intro by Pieter Bergé (Dutch)
Quatuor Diotima, a fixture in the quartet world, is especially well known among connoisseurs of 20th and 21st century music. Ten years ago, the quartet made a huge splash with their CD American Music. Since then their sound has become even more intense. We’re all waiting to hear what this approach brings to The Sinking of the Titanic, the minimalist masterpiece that the quartet is working on especially for this occasion.