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Oxford Chamber Music Festival – Angelic, Demonic, Prophetic

Fri 6 Oct 18:45 - 20:30

This year’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival celebrates Freigeist – free spirits and untamed hearts – in unpredictable music that refuses to play by the rules. For the full festival programme, venues and list of musicians, see OCMF.

Angelic, Demonic, Prophetic

Schnittke Violin sonata No. 1
Arensky Quartet in A minor for violin, viola and two cellos, Op. 35
Messiaen extracts from Quartet for the end of time with readings from Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

Three extraordinary sound-worlds collide. Schnittke’s sonata (presented again by popular demand after July’s launch concert) mixes deep mystery, madcap energy, brutality and beauty – and even a touch of boogie-woogie?; the Arensky, with its rich two-cello sound and its justly-famous variations on a Tchaikovsky tune, enters the incense-laden Orthodox church with its mystical chants; while Messiaen’s Quartet, written in the hell of a Nazi prison camp, truly is the music of divine revelations.

Photograph by featured artist Julian Arp, who is also performing as a cellist in the festival.

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Date and Time

Fri 6 Oct
18:45 - 20:30
£30, ages 8-25 free.


SJE Arts
St John the Evangelist church, 109A Iffley Road
Oxford, OX4 1EH


Oxford Chamber Music Festival
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