Kafka Fragmente

Hebrides Ensemble presents

Kafka Fragmente

Tue 31 May 2011 | 7.30pm | £12/£8

“In the struggle between yourself and the world, side with the world…”

Schumann Liederkreis op. 39 movement 7: ‘Auf einer Burg’  (1840) (transcribed for cello and piano)
Janáček The Kreutzer Sonata (1923) (arr. for piano trio by Till A.Koerber)
Kurtág Kafka Fragments (1985-7) for soprano and violin

Performed by Scotland’s foremost contemporary music group the Hebrides Ensemble, featuring Alexander Janiczek and Elizabeth Watts.

Composed in the late 80s during the fall of the iron curtain and a transition to democracy in the composer’s home country of Hungary, György Kurtág’s Kafka Fragmente is a work of incredible boldness, based on tiny fragments from Franz Kafka’s diaries and letters; with some less than a minute in length, the words left unsaid often linger more powerfully than those said. This colossal contemporary masterpiece challenges both audience and performers with its intensity and agility. Vivid, emotionally powerful, fantastically fragile and lyrical, this is music to be engulfed by.

True to Hebrides Ensemble programming ethic, the first half brings the programme full circle with works by Schuman and Janáček completing the literary theme and the link between song and words.