Beethoven Bartok Now

Solem Quartet: Beethoven Bartók Now - Pioneers

The Solem Quartet
Amy Tress violin
William Newell violin
Stephen Upshaw viola
Stephanie Tress cello

Beethoven Bartók Now is an ambitious series bringing together the late quartets of Beethoven and the quartets of Bartók, uniquely reimagined with music from composers of today.

In a one-hour playlistform concert, ‘Beethoven Bartók Now: Pioneers’ features Bartók’s achingly beautiful 1st Quartet, Beethoven’s most exploratory and inventive work in the genre, Op. 131, and A Prayer at the Edge of Silence, a new work by David John Roche.

" 'A Prayer at the Edge of Silence' is a 5-movement piece of music about hope. The wild, joyful, and excited music of the first and final movements sits alongside the yearning, cathartic lyricism and bold, crisp, freshness of the central three. The titular prayer sits gently, offering a whispering moment of rest and stillness - this is a positive, happy piece of music and a call for clearer, happier, calmer times ahead." - David John Roche.

The evening will commence with a 20-minute ‘Unpacking Beethoven Bartók Now Live’ presentation from members of the quartet.

Tickets: £15 (Concessions £12) + booking fee

Unpacking BBN Ep. 1 Night Music in Bartók Quartet No. 5
Will chats to composer David John Roche about his piece, A Prayer at the Edge of Silence, composed for BBN: Pioneers. Dave talks us through the five movements of this piece - touching along the way on thrash metal, The Simpsons, and the weight of historic composers.