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Ligeti String Quartet          6th September 2021 Venue St. Augustine’s Church Map

This imaginative programme, by one of the quartets at the forefront of the most exciting new string repertoire, features Steve Reich’s Different Trains. In this evocative work Reich compares train journeys he made as a child between Chicago and New York in the 1930s and 40s with those made at the same time by victims of the Holocaust to Nazi concentration camps. Written for live string quartet plus a tape track of three pre-recorded quartets and audio narration from a cast of characters including survivors themselves, it takes on the form of a ritual memorial for both performers and audience.


The first half of the programme is inspired by the Ligeti Quartet’s 2020 album Songbooks, which brings together trailblazing composers of the past 200 years. A ‘mixtape’ format intersperses movements from Christian Mason’s Tuvan Songbook with other types of ‘song’ - the translucent modernism of Ruth Crawford Seeger, the electronic and pop aesthetic of Tanya Tagaq and Beethoven's Cavatina, the highly original 5th movement of his Op 130 quartet.


‘The Ligeti players deliver remarkably committed, focused performances, thrillingly responsive to the subtle fluctuations in tone and attack needed to bring this music alive, and delivering a brilliantly convincing account of the churning noise of Tanya Tagaq’s primal Sivunittinni as an ear-splitting closer.’   The Strad

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Christian Mason – Dyngylday

Ruth Crawford Seeger – 1931 Quartet

Christian Mason –  Eki Attar

Tanya Tagaq (arr. Jacob Garchik) – Sivunittinni

Christian Mason – Kuda Yry

Ludwig van Beethoven – Cavatina from String Quartet Op 130

Christian Mason –  Ezir Kara


Steve ReichDifferent Trains 

 Mandhira de Saram (violin 1)

 Patrick Dawkins (violin 2)

 Richard Jones (viola)

 Val Welbanks (cello)