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“ The three composers gathered in this program are usually composed for sinister reasons. Czechs, Jews, guilty of producing what the Nazis described as “degenerate music”, all three died in camps. The Béla Quartet confronts their works before the storm “A term more than measured when one thinks of the cataclysm that led Haas and Krasa to the gas chambers of Auschwitz. Written during the interwar period, these scores are characteristic of the libertarian spirit that reigned in the arts, especially during the 1920s. Quartet n ° 1 by Erwin Schulhoff (1894-1942) is a masterpiece of subversion that tames his insolent vitality in a troubled perspective. It is no longer a storm but a mirage. Just as whimsical in the register of country-style suggestion, the Quartet n ° 2 by Pavel Haas (1899-1944) is also part of the vision while kaleidoscopic Theme and variations by Hans Krasa (1899-1944) glides with subtle jokes in a classic setting. Each work has a hallucinatory interpretation of finesse that presents the Béla Quartet as a dream formation for any composer.”
Pierre Gervasoni, Le Monde
Trois Friday April 26th, 2019 - Sorry, this entry is only available in French. Monk, Saariaho, Seeger, Boo, Lin on the Radio ! Friday April 26th, 2019 - Espace 2 – Radio Télévision Suisse Archip-Elles : Concert recorded by Espace 2 RTS, broadcast live April 6, 2019 Ruth Crawford Seeger, Dahaé Boo, Chia Ying Lin, Meredith Monk et Kaija Saariaho Player