Mivos Quartet: Music of Berg, Gesualdo, Sciarrino; a world premiere by Kate Soper
Highlighting works for soprano and string quartet, the Mivos Quartet will present a program featuring the world premiere of Nadja, a large-scale composition for string quartet and voice by composer/soprano Kate Soper, alongside works by Salvatore Sciarrino and Carlo Gesualdo, and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite with reconstructed soprano part.
Carlo Gesualdo (arr. Joshua Modney): Moro Lasso; Interlude; Merce Grido
Kate Soper: Nadja, for string quartet and voice (world premiere)
Alban Berg: Lyric Suite (with reconstructed soprano part)
Salvatore Sciarrino: 6 quartetti brevi
Kate Soper, a 2012 Guggenheim Laureate, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the most important composers of her generation. Her work, effortlessly theatrical and dazzling in its virtuosity, explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure. Soper’s timbral fusion of voice and instruments and her development of extreme vocal techniques have created a new frontier for the vocal repertoire.
Nadja grapples with the not-necessarily-inevitable supremacy of a soprano amidst instrumentalists alongside the rationale-defying depths of literary love. Players come together through fused identity and shared burdens of expression and communication, then split apart, through scheming, melodrama, and mere habit. Guiding them through the match are a handful of characters whose reason for being rests on the melodramatic excesses of femininity, including the nymph Echo, the first-person speaker of a Tennyson love poem, and the titular heroine of Andre Breton's 1920s surrealist masterpiece for whom the piece is named. --Kate Soper
Also on the program is a set of Carlo Gesualdo madrigals, arranged for soprano and string quartet by Joshua Modney, which recall the audacity of the 16th-century avant-garde, and Salvatore Sciarrino’s modern classic6 quartetti brevi, which morphs the characteristically vocal timbre of strings into a variety of delicate soundworlds. Finally, Mivos and Soper will present Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite with the rarely performed “secret” soprano part, reconstructed from the annotated score that Berg presented to his lover, Hanna Fuchs-Robettin.