Thursday 18 June 2020

Anna Clyne at Caramoor: two live-streamed premieres inspired by Beethoven

Anna Clyne (Photo Christina Kernohan)
Anna Clyne (Photo Christina Kernohan)
Ordinarily it would be difficult for UK audiences to catch performances at the festival at Caramoor in Katonah, New York in the USA, but this year's Summer season is an on-line one. That means, that the announcement of a pair of premieres by Anna Clyne is something to be looked forward to, as we can catch them on-line.

On 16 & 23 July 2020, Caramoor will be presenting two live-streamed premieres by Anna Clyne, both works inspired by Beethoven's music.

On 16 July 2020, the Calidore String Quartet will perform Clyne's Breathing Statues, inspired by Beethoven's late quartets, notably a moment in the Grosse Fugue and the work was premiered earlier this year by the Calidore String Quartet at Princeton University. The title comes from Rilke's poem, On Music. Clyne's piece is accompanied by excerpts from Bach's The Art of Fugue, and Beethoven's Quartet in B flat, Op. 130 and the Grosse Fugue, Op. 133.

Then on 23 July 2020, members of The Knights give the world premiere of Anna Clyne's Shorthand for cello (Karen Ouzounian) and string quintet. The title comes from Tolstoy's novella The Kreutzer Sonata, where he writes 'Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions, which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in music, and in that is its power and significance'.  Tolstoy's novella is inspired by Beethoven's violin sonata of the same name, and Clyne uses two themes from the work in her piece. Clyne's Shorthand will be accompanied by a performance of Brahms' Sextet No. 2 in G, OP. 36.

Full details from the Caramoor website.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!


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