La Monnaie String Trio & Carlos Bruneel
Bach’s contrapuntal profundity meets Mozart’s graceful ease in Adagio and Fugue, an exquisite piece by the latter that was heavily inspired by, and in some places literally transcribed from, the Well-Tempered Klavier. Dating from 1782, a period when Mozart never tired of playing and studying his illustrious predecessor’s compositions, it is performed here by a violinist, a viola player and a cellist from the Monnaie Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Bruneel, a flautist also involved in the orchestra, will perform another deeply moving work: Toshio Hosokawa’s Vertical Song I, which is all faint rustling rounds and sudden shrill, ecstatic explosions, and spectacularly succeeds in making our western flute sound like a Japanese shakuhachi. All musicians come together in the final piece on the programme: Jonathan Harvey’s Buddhist-inspired Lotus.