Faust, Queyras, Widmann & AimardQuartet for the end of times by Messiaen
Isabelle Faust, violin
Jean-Guihen Queyras, cello
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Four pieces for clarinet and piano, op. 5
Sonata for violin and cello
Fantasy for solo clarinet
Epigrams for violin, cello and piano
Quartet for the end of times
Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Jörg Widmann and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, virtuosic on their respective instruments and creating inspiration for the younger generations, feature in one of chamber music’s most important events of the 2019-20 season, with a performance of the Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messiaen.
This inauguration of avant-garde music occurred in a Görlitz prison with the premiere of Messiaen’s Quartet for the end of Time in front of a few hundred inmates who, like him, had been held by the Nazi regime. The work was composed for an unusual quartet combination -clarinet, violin, cello and piano- under the protection of a regime official, who provided the werewithal and the space, in addition to the necessary concentration and time for Messiaen to devote himself fully to the work. Once the Quartet was finished, he wrote in the score the inscription "there shall be no more time", a phrase that would extend over all his musical compositions.
A genuine dream team at the Palau de la Música Catalana.