La bonne musique
CLAUDE DEBUSSY – String quartet, Op.10 in G minor (L. 85)
ERNEST CHAUSSON – String quartet, Op. 35 in C minor
GABRIEL FAURÉ – La bonne chanson, Op. 61 for soprano, piano and string quartet
Čiurlionis Quartet, soprano Asta Krikščiūnaitė and pianist Audronė Kisieliūtė dedicate this concert to the French impressionists. Dubbed a fantastic and oriental by the critics, Debussy’s String quartet in G minor is considered to be a watershed in the history of chamber music. Chausson’s romantic String quartet in C minor, inspired by unrequited love, was premiered in 1900 after the composer’s tragic death in a bicycle accident. In his emotional nine-song cycle La bonne chanson Op. 61 for soprano, piano and string quartet (to the poems by Paul Verlaine) Fauré “approaches the proportions of vocal symphony” (French musicologist Jean-Michel Nectoux).
“On a chamber stage, the singer Asta Krikščiūnaitė feels perfectly at home, and every composition she performs becomes a little poem”; “Even in the most difficult passages the Čiurlionis Quartet’s tone remains beautiful. Free and independent music making, it goes without saying, is the main characteristic of the ensemble”; pianist Audronė Kisieliūtė is admired for “her subtle chamber element, excellent stylistic sagacity, natural emotional expressivity”. Tonight’s performers invite to revel in French impressionism and… romantic autumnal tenor.