Arnold Schoenberg’s string sextet Verklärte Nacht celebrates love at its most tender.
Verklärte Nacht was inspired by a poem by the German writer Richard Dehmel that depicts a night-time conversation between two lovers. The woman confesses that she is pregnant from a previous sexual encounter. Rather than reject her, the man declares that his love for her will enable him to raise her child as his own.
Arnold Schoenberg’s rich and sensual harmonic language looks back to the great masterpieces of the late Romantic era (especially Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde) while anticipating the 20th century’s musical adventures in sound. The passionate and tender piece is spellbinding from its mysterious opening to its hushed conclusion.
The ‘sublime’ (The Courier) Scottish Ensemble makes a welcome return to the Festival to perform this fin-de-siècle masterpiece: an important milestone in music history, and Schoenberg’s best-loved composition.
one of the finest small string orchestras in Britain
The Hub Series is supported by Sir Ewan and Lady Brown together with Flure Grossart
Lawrence Power Guest Director / Violin
Tristan Gurney Violin
Fiona Winning Viola
Andrew Berridge Viola
Tim Gill Cello
Naomi Pavri Cello
Henry Purcell 'Curtain Tune'
Garth Knox Quartet for One
James MacMillan Canon for Two Violas
Barbara Strozzi 'Che si può fare'
John Cage 'Story from my living room'
Matthew Locke ‘Curtain Tune’
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber 'La Battalia'
Kate Bush 'The Man with the Child in his Eyes' (arr. Brett Dean)
Arnold SchoenbergVerklärte Nacht