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KUSS QUARTET

Mozart, String Quartet in C, K465 ‘Dissonance’ Janácek, String Quartet No.1 in E minor ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’ Stravinsky, Three Pieces Smetana, String Quartet No.2 in D minor Drama infuses the Kuss Quartet’s first programme for Lakeside. Janácek’s first quartet was inspired by Tolstoy’s novel and the plot is mirrored musically throughout. Smetana became increasingly disturbed by deafness writing his final quartet resulting in a work full of agitation and disquiet. Elements of the carnival can be heard in Stravinsky’s quirky Three Pieces. Mozart’s String Quartet, K465 earned the appellation ‘Dissonance’ from the bold harmonies that colour its slow introduction. "…provocative, driving, impassioned playing… the purity of sound was almost heavenly" Houston Chronicle