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Korean Sounds - East Meets West: Spring

Wednesday April 12, 2017 at 7:10 am
Hall One, Kings Place, London
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  1. Quartet for piano and strings No 1 in C minor Op 15 - Gabriel Fauré
  2. Primavera porteña - Astor Piazzolla, arranged by Clint Edwards

Saenghwang and Danso Byeonju ‘Yeomyangchun’
Ujo Sijo ‘Nabiya (Butterfly)’
String ensemble ‘Dodeuri’
Gasa ‘Chunmyeongok (Spring indolence)’

The theme of the first concert in this East Meets West series is Spring. In the first half of this concert the Court Music Orchestra of the National Gugak Center will perform Korean music depicting a sense of the season. From ‘Cheonnyeongmanse’ (literally meaning a long period of time, referring to the eternal spring), a classical instrumental chamber suite, to ‘Chunmyeongok’ (Spring Indolence) for voice and instrumental quartet, the programme is full of lively sounds which evoke the beauty of nature and the season when life begins.

In the second half of the concert members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Chiao-Ying Chang have been invited to perform Fauré’s first piano quartet and an arrangement of Piazzolla’s Primavera Porteña (Spring). Fauré was barely 30 years old when he wrote the C-minor Piano Quartet, and going through an emotionally challenging period due to his broken engagement to the singer Pauline Viardot. The intense beauty and energy of this piece reminds us that there are seasons in a composer’s lifetime and career too. Fauré’s creativity began to bloom in this period and the piano quartet is certainly one of the best examples of his early years’ work, along with his first violin sonata.

Hall One, Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9AG
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