Dance 'til the end
Langsamer Satz for string quartet
String Quartet No.14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810
The theme of Death and the Maiden runs through all the artistic forms of European culture. Seriously ill, Schubert projects his own suffering and the imminent prospect of his death into this myth as much to exorcise it as to transcend it. "Disappear, odious skeleton" says the girl in the original poem set to music by Schubert. "I am your friend, you have nothing to fear" replies death. This unequal and fatal game of hide-and-seek, sublimely set to music in the String Quartet in D minor, will be echoed on the stage of the Conservatory's main hall with Juliette Rahon's choreography and Mélina de Lamarlière's dance.
With his Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement) of 1905, the young Anton Webern pays a final tribute to the great models who influenced him before he found his own language: Brahms, of course, but also Wagner and Mahler, as a poignant farewell to Romanticism and tonal music.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphonie N° 4 en si bémol majeur op. 60
Recorded on 30 July 2020 at Victoria Hall, Geneva