February 24, 2019
These two rarely heard quartets offer a glimpse into the personal crises of their respective composers. Sibelius, struggling with his alcoholism and cancer scare, inscribed the words “Voce intimae” in a friend’s copy of this score. Janacek composed this quartet, originally entitled “Love Letters”, while mired in a lengthy and one-sided obsession with a married woman 38 years his junior to whom he wrote hundreds of love letters.
Erin Burkholder, violin
Jeremy Gabbert, violin
Peter Blake, viola
Kathleen de Caen, cello
Jean Sibelius String Quartet, Op. 56 “Voces Intimae”
Leo Janacek String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”