Sunday 18 October 2020  |  2:30PM

'There are moments when I feel myself driven by a kind of feverish instinct, as if I had the presentiment of being unable to attain my goal, or of attaining it too late.'

Ernest Chausson's death in 1899 stands as a poignant reminder of the amorality of fate: at the age of forty-four, just as his career was beginning to flourish, he rode his bicycle down a hill, crashed into a brick wall, and died instantly. The ink was still wet on the manuscript of his unfinished String Quartet in C minor, Op. 35.

Chausson was an uncompromising perfectionist. Wracked with self-doubt and depression, he left behind an oeuvre of only thirty-nine compositions. In the exhilarating finale of UKARIA 24, Lawrence Power leads a star-studded sextet in Chausson's Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 – one of the largest and most remarkable works of fin-di-siècle France.


George Benjamin (b. 1960)
Viola, Viola (1997)

Christopher Moore | Viola
Lawrence Power | Viola

Frank Bridge (1879–1941)
Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, H. 125 (1913–17)

I. Allegro ben moderato
II. Adagio ma non troppo – Molto allegro agitato

Torleif Thedéen | Cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano


Richard Wagner (1813–1883) / Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
'Isoldens Liebestod' from Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90
Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt

Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

Ernest Chausson (1855–1899)
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet in D major, Op. 21 (1889–91)

I. Décidé
II. Sicilienne
III. Grave
IV. Très animé

Lawrence Power | Violin
Sophie Rowell | Violin
Christopher Moore | Viola
Torleif Thedéen | Cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

This concert will run for approximately one hour and forty minutes, including a twenty-minute interval.

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