‘A shock to
the ears of the best kind,’ was how The Observer described a Chiascuro
recording. The four musicians, playing on gut strings with historically correct
bows, start and end their concert in Håkonshallen with Schubert.
‘We feel a
particular affinity with Schubert’s musical language,’ the members explain.
composer’s famous Death and the Maiden
alternates between lyrical and violently
dramatic moods. Chiaroscuro, regarded as one of the world's leading quartets, has performed and recorded the work several times.
‘Even so, we
are always moved by this piece. It is impossible not to be moved by it,’ the
There is also
a Haydn string quartet in their programme.
Chiascuro explain: ‘By putting Haydn in the
middle of the programme, we return to the origin and the very core of the
string quartet. We love playing this music – its musical language is completely
different from Schubert’s. The humour in Haydn’s music opens up so many
opportunities, and we keep finding new ways to perform his works.’Photo: Eva Vermandel