The Solem Quartet – Beethoven Bartok Now: Night Music
Lonely melodies supported by eerie dissonances punctuated with the sounds of nature characterise Bartok’s ‘night music’ style. Beethoven’s op. 130, the second of the late Quartets, contains an extraordinary palette of darkness and light. The young British composer Aaron Parker has written a spell-binding new work, tuóretu, featuring references to Bartok’s ‘night music’, with a depth of harmonic expression found so richly in Beethoven’s Quartet no. 13.
The Solem Quartet’s imaginatively constructed concert takes the form of an hour-long tapestry of music, interspersing Aaron Parker’s own reflections with movements from Beethoven’s Quartet no. 13, op. 130 and Bartok’s Quartet no. 5.
The concert is the first of the Solem Quartet’s ambitious six-part series Beethoven Bartok Now.