Commissioned by Anne-Sophie Mutter for the Mutter Virtuosi

  • 4vn, 2va, 2vc, db
  • 16 min 30 s

Programme Note

Written for the Mutter Virtuosi, this work, consisting of two string quartets and a contrabass, delivers. The quartets play together and play off each other. Soloists from each do likewise while the bass acts as the anchor and interlocutor between the others. Written with great intuitiveness for strings, at times it brings to mind late Shostakovich in the very best way, especially in its second movement, which is somber, serene, piquant and beautiful all at the same time.