Kronos Quartet

Songs are Sung

29 July 2007 / 19:30

£7, 12, 16, 21, 26, 30

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Some of the best classical music in London

Henryk Gorecki String Quartet No 3 Piesni Spiewaja (..songs are sung (UK premiere)
Terry Riley The Cusp of Magic, for pipa and string quartet (UK premiere)
With special guest Wu Man

Kronos Quartet
Wu Man

An evening of two exceptional UK premieres, both the fruits of the long-term relationship between Kronos and the composers. Innovator of minimalism, and one of the '1000 makers of the 20th century' Terry Riley’s new work, ‘The Cusp of Magic' was commissioned by Kronos to celebrate Riley’s 70th birthday. The eagerly-awaited Quartet No 3 by Henryk Gorecki (whose seminal work
Symphony No 3 of the 1980s sold more than a million records) is ‘a long, sombre piece full of shimmering stillness... made even more naked by the fiercely beautiful playing of the Kronos Quartet.' The Guardian

‘Without any question, '...songs are sung,' for me, is one of the most lyrical, poignant and far-reaching works ever written for string quartet. The music consoles as it faces, unflinchingly, the deepest aspects of life. It is music so personal that in its performance one feels the audience listening in to one’s very own soul and life.' David Harrington (Kronos)

Barbican members 20% discount available on this concert.
Members' discounts are limited and subject to availability. Membership fee applies.

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This event is part of:
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