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
Donald Macleod (presenter)
Iain MacInnes (producer)