12:00 - 13:00
Enluminures, suite for string quartet, Judith Adler De Oliveira (1989-)
“Enluminures” is a series of miniatures composed for the Akhtamar Quartet on traditional Armenian themes. The title refers to the moving and free character of illuminated manuscript, where the line oscillates between letter and drawing, moving away from and towards the text according to our imagination. Like the constantly changing relationship between letter and illuminated manuscript, these ancient elements are reworked in a spirit that is sometimes faithful to, and sometimes at odds with, the tradition. Some of the themes chosen already appear in the Komitas / Aslamazyan Miniatures (Garuna; Kakavik…), thus creating a gateway to this essential part of the Akhtamar Quartet repertoire. Others have been selected from Armenian heritage, thus paying tribute to the precious work of collection and preservation carried out by Komitas (Sareri hovin mernem; Yel; Hov Arek; Dle Yaman…)
Quartet n°1 “Kreutzer Sonata”, Léos Janácek (1854-1928)
“I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata” wrote Janáček. He composed his string quartet like an opera without a word. Every instrument has its own voice in this psychological drama, expressing the character’s painful and tragic love.
Komitas (1869-1935), Miniatures
Arranged for string quartet by Serguey Aslamazyan (1897-1978)
The Akhtamar Quartet is the story of four musicians inspired by the essence of Armenian civilization. They have found in the music of Komitas an art from which to draw the purest feelings they wished to get across to the audience. Rustic, naive and ritual melodies, ballads or epic songs… Komitas’ Miniatures arranged by the cellist Aslamazyan narrate the mountains of Armenia, the trees, the birds, and the sun of the Caucasus region. The tones of the quartet combine wonderfully to recreate the dance of the red scarf, its harmonies conjuring up Nazan’s dash to his friend in the mountains of Armenia, its timbres at times evoking the drums (davul, dhôl…), sometimes the nostalgic singing of the duduk…