The enigmatic and audacious dissonances that open Mozart’s String Quartet are the dark cloud to the silver lining that follows, an outpouring of radiant sunshine.
In quintessential Mozart style, an effortlessly elegant stream of melodies follow. The ‘Dissonance’ Quartet is one of Mozart’s most famous and beloved works.
Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.9 doesn’t shy away from dissonance, to powerful effect. It’s as vivacious and expressive as Mozart’s quartet. Shostakovich creates a dynamic four-way conversation between equals, sometimes spirited and energetic, sometimes – as in the profound slow movements – in hushed, heartfelt unity. The five seamlessly connected movements of Shostakovich’s ninth string quartet comprise one of the greatest pieces of 20th Century chamber music.