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Carl Nielsen At the bier of a Young Artist
Robert Saxton Fantazia for String Quartet
Sibelius Quartet in D minor Voces Intimae
Concert times 7.30pm - c. 9.10pm
In their second year of the Radcliffe Chamber Music Residency at the University of Oxford, The Villiers Quartet present two ambitious concerts, as part of their collaboration with Music at Oxford.
The first of our two concerts this season places the pure, clever structure of the Fantasias of Purcell alongside a modern-day equivalent - the Fantazia for String Quartet by Oxford composer Robert Saxton - a rich, emotive work whose quick-slow-quick pattern directly mimics Purcell's own forms. Then we go to the Nordic countries, for Nielsen's short but passionate piece composed for the funeral of the famous Danish artist Oluf Hartmann, and Sibelius's quartet, of which he said, 'It turned out as something wonderful. The kind of thing that brings a smile to your lips at the hour of death.'
Schoenberg Scherzo and Presto
Webern Langsamer Satz
Brahms Quartet in C minor op. 51 no. 1
Concert times 7.30pm - c. 9.25pm
The quartet's second concert has a very Viennese flavour, ranging from Schubert's single movement, said to be '...the only movement in Schubert's instrumental work, prior to the "Unfinished Symphony", which prepares us for the greatness which bursts forth in that symphony', through to Webern's early and lushly scored Langsamer Satz (literally: 'slow movement'). Soprano Julia Sitkovetsky joins the players for Schoenberg's other-worldly setting of Stefan George's poetry.
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If you would like to hear more from the Villiers Quartet why not take a look at their lunchtime concerts:The Villiers Quartet Lunchtime concerts.