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Alice Sara Ott & Friends: Quartet for the End of Time

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Thu 22 Jun, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
Classical music
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Alice Sara Ott  sat on the floor in a blue jumpsuit
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‘Ott’s carefully calibrated nuances and balances and hypnotic sense of long line prove gripping on their own terms.’ 

Gramophone

Alice Sara Ott is joined by her friends to play the masterpiece Messiaen unveiled while incarcerated in a World War Two prisoner-of-war camp.

In the frozen depths of winter, incarcerated in a World War Two prisoner-of-war camp, the composer Olivier Messiaen unveiled a work unlike anything heard before or, possibly, since.

His Quartet for the End of Time, inspired by his intense Christian faith, is visionary and iconoclastic. The title is drawn from the Angel of the Apocalypse, who announces ‘There will be no more time’.

Written for four instruments playing in various combinations, the work explodes our experience of time in music, from inventive rhythms to a meditative quality that seems to slow down the heartbeat.

Messiaen himself gave the world premiere with three fellow prisoners-of-war who were professional musicians. Their audience consisted of the other inmates of Stalag VIIIA and the German guards, all listening together.

The story of extraordinary music performed in equally extraordinary conditions has come to symbolise humanity’s resilience as well as the power of faith in extreme circumstances. Tonight a team of internationally acclaimed soloists conjure Messiaen’s first masterpiece to life.

Performers
  • Alice Sara Ott piano
  • Thomas Reif violin
  • Sebastian Klinger cello
  • Sebastian Manz clarinet
Repertoire
  • Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

Need to know

Age recommendation

For ages 7+

Find out more about the music with our free programme.
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Dates & times

Thu 22 Jun, 6.30pm & 8.30pm

Approximate run time: 1 hour.
Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

Price

  • Standard entryFrom £30*
  • Concessions25%**


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Classical Music: Spring/Summer 2023

As part of our classical music multi-buy offer, book multiple Spring/Summer 2023 concerts in the same transaction to receive a discount:

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Purcell Room

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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

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