Ligeti String Quartet: Moderne mesterværker

Søndag 31. marts (kl. 19.30)
Koncertkirken, Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København N

Ligeti-kvartetten (London) har været banebrydende inden for moderne musik. Den har ry for at være Storbritanniens førende ensemble, og de fire unge musikere udforsker nyt gennem innovativ programlægning, understøttet af nutidens mest spændende komponister og kunstnere. Avantgarde-programmet kombinerer klassiske instrumenter og moderne teknologi, ikke mindst igennem den spanske filminstruktør Beatriz Caravaggios prisbelønnede og anmelderroste filmatisering af Steve Reichs moderne klassiker ”Different Trains”, som under denne koncert får sin danmarkspremiere.

Sofia Gubaidulina (f. 1931)
Strygekvartet nr. 4

George Crumb (f. 1929)
Strygekvartet ‘Black Angels'

Steve Reich (f. 1936)
Strygekvartet 'Different Trains'
with Beatriz Caravaggio’s video ‘Different Trains’ 


Ligeti Quartet
Mandhira de Saram (violin 1)
Patrick Dawkins (violin 2)
Richard Jones (bratsch)
Valerie Welbanks (cello)

Beatriz Caravaggio: 'Different Trains'

In 1988 Steve Reich wrote Different Trains, an innovative work in three movements for string quartet and pre-recorded tape. This autobiographical piece evokes the train journeys from New York to Los Angeles that the composer made between 1939 and 1942 to visit the homes of his divorced parents. In the second movement, the remembrance of these journeys as a romantic childhood adventure is overlaid by a contrafactual scenario exploring the likely fate of a Jew like him in the Europe of the time: the trains would have been one-way vehicles of deportation to the Nazi extermination camps. The final movement refers to the end of the war period and the rapid process of social transformation, as symbolized by the new trains, but also refers to the survivors’ inability to leave behind the doubts, anxieties and memories of the crimes and devastation of the Nazi regime.

In 2016, in a work commissioned by the BBVA Foundation, Beatriz Caravaggio has revisited Steve Reich’s ideas, giving the score a visual life. Her cinematographic recomposition builds on a montage of archive images of the wartime period. The film transports us from a setting of bucolic landscapes and magnificent trains to the survivors’ journey to America, by way of a central movement that conjures up the darkest chapters of the war. In this passage, the author juxtaposes archive images of deportations, death camps and the liberation. The film is characterized by the division of the screen into three parts, bringing out a rich range of meanings; a slightly out-of-synch triptych that achieves a temporal fragmentation while producing a cohesive collage of dynamics and transitions. The video art work has been synchronized with the Kronos Quartet’s canonical 1989 performance of Different Trains.

Steve Reich own words about Beatriz Caravaggio video:
"Since we live in a time when many people want a visual accompaniment for music - even at concerts - several people have created videos to accompany my piece Different Trains. To be honest, most of them I haven't even seen, and those I have are generally just a distraction from listening to the music. The one exception is the brilliant multi channel video by Beatriz Caravaggio which really works as something to watch on its own and as a way to intensify listening to Different Trains. She has taken documentary footage and through multi channel placement and fine editing, made a thoughtful and moving piece. Bravo, Beatriz!” (2017)

Beatriz Caravaggios video ‘Different Trains’ er blevet produceret af Fundación BBVA og ArsVideo Producciones./Beatriz Caravaggio’s video ‘Different Trains’ has been produced by the Fundación BBVA and ArsVideo Producciones.

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