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Manchester Collective: Cries and Whispers

  • Friday 13 March, 8pm
  • The Stoller Hall
  • £18-£11
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Manchester Collective


WIDMANN String Quartet No. 2, 'Choralequartett'
BRITTEN String Quartet No. 1
GESUALDO Selected Madrigals
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8

This music will move you if you let it – it will scare you and inspire you.

There is darkness in this programme. Widmann’s ‘Chorale’ Quartet is inspired by the seven last works of Christ on the cross – his string music is augmented by unsettling sounds of rubbing and scratching that evoke skin and bone on wood. Britten’s music emerges from a mist: fragile, lost, and precious. Next appears intensely expressive and sacred music by Carlo Gesualdo, an Italian musical genius hundreds of years ahead of his time. Finally, the concert concludes with the huge emotional impact of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, a biographical scream written by a man desperate to create, haunted by fear and political oppression.

“Our string quartet concerts are some of the most personal shows that we build. There’s something about that particular lineup which feels terrifyingly intimate – like there’s a direct connection between each of the four players, and every listener in the room.” Manchester Collective

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