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Mullova Ensemble: Transfigured Night with music by Jasmine Morris

Wednesday October 18, 2023 at 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
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  1. Clair de lune, from Suite bergamasque - Claude Debussy
  2. Waldseligkeit, from 8 Lieder Op 49 - Richard Strauss
  3. 44 Duos for 2 violins Sz 98; BB 104 - Bela Bartók
  4. 3rd movement: Moderato, from String Quartet No 2, 'Intimate Letters' - Leoš Janácek
  5. Verklärte Nacht, for string orchestra (1943 revision) Op 4 - Arnold Schoenberg

Through music, poetry and dance, Viktoria Mullova and her ensemble take us on an immersive journey into a nocturnal forest, setting the scene for Schoenberg’s profoundly moving ode to love.

A magical atmosphere created through lighting and set design invites us into the first part of the programme, which is further brought to life by Joshua Junker’s choreography as danced by Ching-Ying Chien.

Punctuated by Jasmine Morris’s electronic music using samples of Verklärte Nacht, and by verses of the Richard Dehmel poem that inspired Schoenberg, the Mullova Ensemble plays music that anticipates the themes of Schoenberg’s work. Alongside moments of improvisation, the ensemble moves from moonlit forests to romantic declarations, foreshadowing the passion of a story in which despair is vanquished by love. Then, suddenly, all special effects vanish, focussing attention on the intense beauty of Verklärte Nacht.

Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Silk Street

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