Britten and Borromeo
Monday, November 04, 2013
Tickets range from $35-$45 with student discounts available.
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With the cutting-edge Borromeo String Quartet, CCM performs the Sextet from Richard Strauss’s last completed opera, Capriccio. When the opera opens, the sextet is heard playing backstage while the characters discuss the merits of words and music in opera. While the sextet is just one element in the opera, it also works as a well-written stand-alone composition. The Borromeo String Quartet then takes a solo turn to bring the Quartet No. 2 to life. The work pays homage to Purcell, one of Britten’s favorite composers. Its final movement, Chacony, with its repeating bass line, reveals Britten’s kinship with the Baroque composer. The closing Brahms String Sextet No. 1, full of rich
textures and varying characters, complements the Strauss and Britten in personality and character.
Strauss Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Britten Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 18