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Cries and Whispers | Manchester Collective
presented by CLF Art Cafe

Tue 10 Mar, 8.00pm

MC's string quartet concerts are some of the most personal shows that they build. There’s something about that particular lineup which feels terrifyingly intimate - like there’s a direct connection between each of the four players, and every listener in the room.

There is darkness in this programme. Widmann’s “Chorale” Quartet is inspired by the seven last works of Christ on the cross - his string music is augmented by unsettling sounds of rubbing and scratching that evoke skin and bone on wood. Britten’s music emerges from a mist: fragile, lost, and precious. MC perform some intensely expressive and sacred music by Carlo Gesualdo, an Italian musical genius hundreds of years ahead of his time.

Finally, they conclude with the huge emotional impact of Shostakovich’s Eighth String Quartet, a biographical scream written by a man desperate to create, haunted by fear and political oppression.

This music will move you if you let it - it will scare you and inspire you. 


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Manchester Collective - string quartet



WIDMANN String Quartet No. 2, "Choralequartett"

BRITTEN String Quartet No. 1

GESUALDO Selected Madrigals

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8

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