Solem Quartet

‘Summer Tunes’ with the Solem Quartet

1:15pm - 2:00pm / Wednesday 21st April 2021
Type: Music / Category: Department
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‘Summer Tunes’ with the Solem Quartet
Wednesday 21 April

Pēteris Vasks String Quartet no. 2 Vasaras dziedājumi ‘Summer Tunes’

Amy Tress & William Newell (violins)
Stephen Upshaw (viola)
Stephanie Tress (cello)

Lativan composer Pēteris Vasks’ String Quartet no. 2 Vasaras dziedājumi, or ‘Summer Tunes’, is a paean to the natural world. Vasks has said, “I experience God and pray to him in the forest, on the seashore, everywhere, because the world as God created it is so beautiful.” The work is in three movements: the first, ‘Coming into Bloom’, is introduced in a subdued and flowing manner until the music settles. The second movement, ‘Birds’ – with its free imitations of birdsong – ranks among the most elaborate of Vasks’ compositions. The third movement, ‘Elegy’, ushers in autumnal resignation. University of Liverpool Ensemble-in-Residence the Solem Quartet have been working directly with the composer on the preparation for this performance.

Recorded in The Conway Hall, London.