‘In the Dark’ – Absolute Classics Festival
Beethoven’s epic masterpiece, Quartet Op.131, will be performed in a new light, or should that be darkness this August by the Sacconi Quartet at the Absolute Classics Festival.
Opening the 2019 Festival on Friday 2 August is the internationally acclaimed Sacconi Quartet, making their debut at the Theatre Royal, Dumfries. Their programme ‘In the Dark’ will showcase one of Beethoven’s finest late string quartets.
The Sacconi tell us; “Beethoven’s late quartets seem to be the ultimate choice when it comes to finding repertoire for an unconventional performance. Tom Morris, artistic director of Bristol Old Vic and Bristol Proms, encouraged us to commit another late Beethoven quartet, Opus 131 to memory and then perform it in the dark.”
Expanding on their description they say; “It is an exhilarating experience for all involved. The idea is that we have no sheet music so that a lighting designer is able to control the lighting, creating moments of complete darkness and other times of ambient lighting that enhances the performance.”
For this performance, Absolute Classics will work with the Theatre Royal’s lighting team to help create a unique experience for the audience. It is amazing how much the absence of light distils the sound and the music becomes even more powerful.
This work was apparently Beethoven’s favourite of his late quartets, and other great composers including Schubert greatly appreciated the work. It is said, that upon listening to a performance of this quartet, remarked, “After this, what is left for us to write?”
The Sacconi admit that the performing of this piece in this way feels much more vulnerable but, without the barriers of music and stands, they are somehow more connected as players.
Don’t miss out on this exceptionally unique and exhilarating concert!
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Absolute Classics would like to thank its patrons, partners, venues and supporters who help to make this possible. Special thanks go to BDS, Savills, The Holywood Trust, The Robertson Trust, DG Unlimited, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Blüthner Pianos.