Smetana String Quartet no 1 From My Life
Janáček String Quartet no 2 Intimate Letters
In memory of Jag Mohan Arora
Continuing our Chamber Essentials series, RCM musicians explore the medium of the String Quartet with contrasting works by two Czech composers.
Smetana's programmatic first string quartet is paired with Janáček's second quartet, which reflects on the hundreds of letters he wrote to his muse Kamila Stösslová. Broadcaster Paul Allen's monalogue, based on diaries between Janáček and his lover, will be performed by Charlie Baigent.