On April 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, members of the Lutosławski Quartet together with their guests will present works by Ernest Chausson, an artist sometimes called the precursor of the French impressionism, and Marcin Markowicz.
Marcin Markowicz is a concertmaster of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and a founding member of the Lutosławski Quartet. He is not only an excellent chamber musician but also a composer writing solely for chamber ensembles. During the concert, we will listen to his String Quartet No. 1.
Ernest Chausson graduated from the Paris Conservatoire, where he studed under Jules Massenet and César Franck. In the fascinating output of this French composer, the most popular work is the atmospheric Poème for violin and orchestra. It was written in 1896, during the artist's holiday in a sunny Florence, and was commissioned by the famous Belgian violin virtuoso and composer, Eugène Ysaÿe. The author later transcribed it for a smaller ensemble, i. e. for violin and piano with string quartet. Chausson’s most often performed piece is a slightly younger Concerto in D major Op. 21, written in 1891. The premiere performance of this thoroughly virtuosic composition was also given by Ysaÿe, who decided to present the Concerto with his quartet and pianist Auguste Pierret. The key figure of the premiere was undoubtedly Pierret. He was the second piano virtuoso asked to perform the concerto – his predecessor resigned, considering his part to be too difficult.
More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6753