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Apollon Musagète Quartet pays tribute to Witold Lutosławski

Blue room, deSingel (Anvers) - in the framework of the Witold Lutosławski Year 2013
02/02/13

It has almost become a New Year tradition: the Appolon Musagète Quartet is giving a concert in Belgium. Clearly, they are still riding the wave of success. Whether they play Haydn or Szymanowski, Brahms or Lutosławski, their music is inimitable, captivating and accessible.
The Appolon Musagète Quartet has been given the honour of launching the WITOLD LUTOSŁAWSKI YEAR in Belgium with a performance of the Polish composer’s String quartet (this year marks one hundred years since Lutosławski’s birth). As DeSingel points out, listening to Lutosławski’s String quartet is "an extraordinary experience, if only because the music is never the same from one version to the next. Indeed, Lutoslawski grants musicians such a degree of freedom in how they play the notes that the balance between the four instruments is different each time”. Lending a special personal note to their tribute, the Apollon Musagète Quartet has composed an original piece with the eloquent title Multitude in memoriam W. Lutoslawski.

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+++ band's website: www.apollon-musagete.com
+++ More info about the concert on the deSingel website

>>> 2013, Witold Lutosławski Year (click on the icon to be redirected to the site of the Witold Lutosławski Association, project manager of the festivities)


+++ The 2012 concert is HERE, and the 2011 one - HERE

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Programme


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, String Quartet N. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Leoš Janáček, String Quartet N. 1, "Kreutzer Sonata", JWVII/8
Witold Lutoslawski, String Quartet
Apollon Musagète Quartett, Multitude in memoriam W. Lutoslawski

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Apollon Musagete Quartett

The Apollon Musagete Quartet was founded in Vienna in 2006 by four Poles: Paweł Zalejski (violin), Bartosz Zachłod (violin), Piotr Szumiel (viola) and Piotr Skweres (cello).
The group’s unusual name is an homage to a ballet by Igor Stravinsky dating from 1927/28 in which the god Apollon dances with three muses who symbolise, in turn, poetry, rhetoric and dance. Taking their cue from this god and ‘conductor of muses’, the Apollon Musagete Quartet aims to bring together all art forms. 
In 2008, the group’s reputation was enhanced by the award of a first prize and three special prizes at the Munich ARD International Music Competition. This prize was yet another to add to an already impressive trophy cabinet, containing prizes won primarily in Austria and Italy, where they performed to great success. The group also played at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
The group finds its musical inspiration not just in the works which it plays, but also in the many collaborators with whom it so enjoys playing. The musicians with whom the group has played to date include: Peter Cropper, Anner Bylsma, Giulano Carmignola and  Ferenz Rados.
In Poland, the quartet has been aided by the award of a grant from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The first disc by the Apollon Musagete Quartet was released by OEHMS Classics in 2009. It includes works by Haydn, Szymanowski and Brahms.
The quartet does not shy away from breaking out of the classical music world: you can hear them on the latest album by Tori Amos, Night of Hunters.

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>>> deSingel (Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerp) – MAP
Tel.: +32 (0)3 248 28 28
>>> saturday 2 February – 20:00
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