Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D 810(arr. Mahler) Death and the Maiden
seven variations on his song Flow, My Tears for a five-part
consort. These gorgeous tunes highlighted ground-breaking counterpoint and
we hear the first, Lachrimae Antiquae.
Two delightful dances illuminate the
programme book-ending Ruth Crawford Seeger’s mesmerising Andante for
Strings. Air and
Dance by Delius is a simple-textured piece in one movement with the Dance evolving
naturally out of the Air. Debussy’s shimmering and
sensuous Danse Sacrée et danse profane is one of the finest works
for harp and strings.
The concert climaxes with Schubert’sDeath
and the Maiden, as death’s shadow stalks the composer, this iconic work
combined with the sheer energy of ICO’s music-making, touches the heart.