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The Finnish quartet Meta4 make their debut at the EIF with music by Saariaho and Fanny Mendelsssohn, live from the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh.

The Finnish quartet Meta4 make their debut at the EIF with music from Finland and Germany. Terra Memoria is written by Finland's foremost living composer Kaija Saariaho and is her second piece for string quartet. It is dedicated to 'those departed' and explores our memories of people who have left us, some of which change over time and some which 'remain clear flashes and which we can relive.' Fanny Mendelssohn's only quartet is a both lyrical and passionate work, demonstrating an exceptional talent not fully realised in her lifetime and the clear inspiration from the towering figure of Beethoven. Meta4 complete their programme with Schumann's third quartet, written in a burst of creativity for the genre in 1842. The concert is presented by Donald Macleod.

Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quartet
Kaija Saariaho: Terra Memoria

Interval at 11.45 approx
Donald Macleod introduces songs by Michael Nyman and Henry Purcell sung by Edinburgh International Festival artist Iestyn Davies.
Nyman: No Time in Eternity
Purcell: Music for While Z 583 No.2
Purcell: Evening Hymn Z 193

Schumann: String Quartet No 3

Meta4

Donald Macleod (presenter)
Iain MacInnes (producer)

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1 hour, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Fanny Hensel

    String Quartet in E flat

    Ensemble: Meta4.
  • Kaija Saariaho

    Terra Memoria

    Ensemble: Meta4.
  • Michael Nyman

    No Time in Eternity

    Performer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music for a While Z 583 No.2

    Performer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Henry Purcell

    An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

    Performer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Robert Schumann

    String Quartet in A Op.41 No.3

    Ensemble: Meta4.
  • Timo Alakatila

    J. Jusslin

  • Rudi Stephan

    Ich will dir singen ein Hohenlied

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Robin Tritschler.
    • Songs of 1914.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 13.

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