The programme opens with nineteenth-century Dutch composer Johannes van Bree’s humorous Allegro for four quartets, which sees melodies race from one end of the stage to the other and back, before the Heath Quartet take centre stage to perform Mozart’s Quartet in C major.
John Tavener’s tribute to his musical hero takes the form of a theatrical oboe concerto, with music scattered around fragments of Mozart melodies. Standing centre stage with four string quartets placed at the points of the compass around him, Nicholas Daniel is at the heart of a work originally written for him.
‘[Mozart’s] music contains a rapturous beauty and a childlike wonder that can only be compared to Hindu and Persian miniatures or Coptic ikons.’ — John Tavener
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