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Philharmonia Chamber Players: Chausson & Muhly

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Discover Ernest Chausson’s String Quartet and Nico Muhly’s Clear Music, a piece for cello, harp and celeste inspired by the music of John Taverner.

In a programme of two distinctive works, the Philharmonia Chamber Players first present Chausson’s lyrical String Quartet. A contemporary of Debussy, Chausson was working on the final movement on the day he died in a bicycle accident, and the piece was completed by his friend Vincent d’Indy. The quartet blends the glow of French Impressionism with a German influence, quoting Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the tranquil second movement before launching into a dramatic finale filled with expansive musical themes.

By contrast, Nico Muhly’s Clear Music grows out of a tiny isolated moment – he describes it as an ‘exploration of a single measure’ – from John Taverner’s motet Mater Christi Sanctissima. Enjoy the shifting soundscapes, as the tender cello opening bursts into life with biting rhythms, underpinned by harp and celeste showcasing their full range of expression. Over eight minutes, Clear Music builds in intensity from delicate chimes to powerful, soaring melodies.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series.


Fabrizio Falasca violin
Sarah Oates violin
Yukiko Ogura viola
Eric Villeminey cello
Karen Stephenson cello
Heidi Krutzen harp
celeste to be announced


Chausson: String Quartet in C minor, Op.35
Nico Muhly: Clear music for cello, harp & celeste

Dates & times

31 Mar 2019
Approximate run time: 45 mins
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Royal Festival Hall



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