Alice Tully Hall; Monday, May 4, 2015
BOYCE Alcyone (World Premiere)
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for String Sextet
SCHUBERT String Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden”
We purchase and consume our music in the smallest of units, the “song.” What does it mean, then, to develop four of these “songs” together, or even to develop an entire concert built around the same theme?
The Aeolus Quartet presented three programmatic works this month under the theme of “Death and Transfiguration.” While the title itself (an homage to Richard Strauss) was perhaps a bit of a cliché, the three works together formed a well-balanced program; each of the three works had a strict (or loose) association with transformation.
The first piece retold the Greek myth of Alcyone, a commission by Douglas Boyce. Alcyone‘s timbral effects captured the scratching and the swooping of the birds and the waves, a piece that was in constant motion from beginning to end.