with The Berkeley Ensemble | Mozart, Stravinsky, Britten
- Mozart: Divertimento in D for strings K.136
- Stravinsky: Septet
- L. Berkeley: Sextet
- Britten: Three Divertimenti for string quartet
- Mozart: Clarinet Quintet K. 581
- The Berkeley Ensemble
- Libby Burgess (piano)
Over the course of five concerts, join the Berkeley Ensemble as they explore how two twentieth-century masters, Igor Stravinsky and Lennox Berkeley, responded to the music of the past, re-working it in their own compositions before ultimately becoming historical figures themselves for the generation that followed.
Late in life, Stravinsky began – with the Septet – to use the compositional techniques of his arch rival, Arnold Schoenberg. Tellingly, for a composer who had experimented with ‘historic’ music since Pulcinella, Stravinsky waited until after Schoenberg’s death to explore his serial methods. Berkeley’s Sextet seems to be loosely modelled on Stravinsky’s score, following its broad outlines and sound-world.