Cuarteto Casals with Andreas Klein
Last Sunday I was treated to a performance by Cuarteto Casals with Andreas Klein at the GBPAC. They performed three pieces, with an intermission between the second and third. The second piece was String Quartet No. 1, “Metamorphoses Nocturnes” by György Ligeti. I am by no means educated sufficiently in classical music to render any kind of thoughtful analysis, but I will say that I greatly enjoyed the music and the performance. Some segments reminded me of themes from horror films: suspenseful and haunting in equal measures. The only previous exposure I have to Ligeti’s music is his Musica Ricercata II, used in Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut”.
Here is a different quartet performing part of Ligeti’s piece: