BERNAT VIVANCOS: Ritual I for double string quartet (2022) 30 ′ - World premiere, commissioned by L'Auditori
FRANZ SCHUBERT: String Quartet No. 14 “Death and the Maiden”, D 810 (1824) 40 ′
Death is a floating and ominous presence in Schubert’s work. His lied Das Tod und der Mädchen (Death and the Maiden) takes a poem by the German Matthias Claudius based on a quite common theme in European art since the Renaissance: the personified image of death attacking, kidnapping, or threatening a young virginal-looking maiden. The main theme of this song was the seed material for one of the Viennese composer’s best-known string quartets. Schubert returned in 1820 to composing quartets, a genre he had not dedicated time to in many years, and the results were extraordinary.
The work of Bernat Vivancos, strongly influenced by the years at the Escolania de Montserrat, proposes a very particular connection with nature and sound, with the search for beauty, sensuality and spirituality. We will be able to listen, in absolute premiere and commissioned by L'Auditori, where this year he is a resident composer, to the work Ritual I for double string quartet, a singular and little explored template in the classical repertoire.
Quatuor Arod (courtesy of Erato / Warner Classics)