Through the Looking Glass

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Through the Looking Glass
Joby Talbot String Quartet No.2
Missy Mazzoli Quartet for Queen Mab
Caroline Shaw Entr'acte
Joseph Haydn String Quartet No. 67 in F Major Op. 77 No. 2
"I love the way some music suddenly takes you to the other side of Alice’s looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition." Caroline Shaw.

Broken phrases, ghostly melodies, and shadowy sound worlds. You might not expect Caroline Shaw’s 2011 work, Entr’acte, to be inspired by the music of Haydn, but it was after hearing his String Quartet No.67 in F major and its shift to an unexpected key in the central minuet that unlocked this piece. With hymn-like tunes and evaporating melodies, expect glimmers of Baroque and Classical motifs through the distorted lens of Shaw’s contemporary work.

But first, discover Talbot’s String Quartet No.2 – a work of rhythmic pulsations and pioneering melodic fragments.

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