|Joseph Haydn||String Quartet in D Op.50/6 ‘Frog’|
|Leos Janáček||‘On an Overgrown Path’ (arr. Burghauser)|
|Joseph Haydn||String Quartet in B-flat Op.76/4 ‘Sunrise’|
The Chilingirian Quartet offers a celebration of the Nature theme through the string quartet medium.
Janacek’s haunting miniatures present a range of intimate thoughts and feelings through nature imagery, and Puccini’s beautiful Elegy, named after the famous funeral flower, was written in a single night in 1890 as a response to the death of his friend Amedeo, the Duke of Savoy.
These intimate pieces are framed by more ebullient ones from Haydn, a veritable poet of rural life: a quartet nicknamed the ‘Frog’ for its comic bariolage effects and his popular, expansive ‘Sunrise’ quartet from the Op.76 set.