Four becomes six: The Vogler Quartet has doubled the violas and cellos to form a sextet for this concert. The sonority and part-writing possibilities of such an instrumentation already inspired Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák in the 19th century. Arnold Schönberg created one of the most famous works for the string sextet in 1899 with “Verklärte Nacht”, later celebrated as an intoxicating expression of the fin-de-siècle era. But before falling into the relationship tragedy reflected in this work, which was based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, you can hear the Voglers performing two other works: Richard Strauss’ sextet from his allegorical opera “Capriccio”, a bow to the late 18th century and the “erudite-gallant antagonism between word and sound on the opera stage” of that epoch. Plus, a rarely heard piece by the Italian Salvatore Sciarrino (*1947), whose work explores “overtones, the sound and colour of tones and silence”.
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