Rhythmic silences

Out of the silence of the strings

comes the hint of sound

growing into a melody;

the tinkling of the piano

over the steady pulsing

strings of the Quartet

with the violin beginning to stand out;

soloing its way through

the rhythms of the piano and Quartet.

I have just been listening to a wonderful performance of Ernest Chausson’s Concerto for piano, violin and string quartet op.21 in D major, one of Chausson’s really wonderful works. I love this end of the 19th Century, late romantic french composer (1855-1899) who composed some of the best French music of that time. Here is the work recorded live at the Rapaport Hall on the 9th of June 2012, featuring violinist Marianna Vasileva, pianist Tal-Haim Samnon and the Amernet String Quartet, with thanks to Talhaim Samnon and YouTube:

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