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Flora concert 3

Works of Arenski, Kràsa and Martinů

Anton Arenski String Quartet No. 2 in A minor for violin, viola and two celli (1894)
Hans Kràsa Passacaglia und Fuge for string trio (1944)
Bohuslav Martinů Sextett for two violins, two violas, two celli (1932)

Anna Isabel Fritz Violin
Hae-Jin Lee Violin
Annegret Klingel Viola
Vincent Royer Viola
Johannes Nauber Violoncello
Sylvia Borg-Bujanowski Violoncello

Tchaikovsky was a legend – and Anton Arensky acknowledged his much-admired role model by quoting one of Tchaikovsky’s »Songs for Children«. Unusually, his quartet deploys two celli, which underline the solemn basic mood. They are also deployed in Bohuslav Martinů’s snappy sextet, energetically leading us from darkness into light. Passacaglia and Fugue is the last work of the Czech composer Hans Kràsa, composed in the Theresienstadt concentration camp shortly before he was deported and murdered. Music transcends reality.