The quiet solemnity and stately tread of Sibelius’s Andante festivo lifts it above the event for which it was composed: the anniversary of a Finnish factory. The unorthodox harmonies in the opening bars of Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major confounded his contemporaries and inspired its “Dissonance” nickname. That aside, its brilliant construction, lyricism, and joy make it one of the composer’s finest works. Powerful, lush, melodious, reliant on forward-looking harmonies, and crafted with linked thematic elements, Grieg’s String Quartet in G Minor anticipates the music of the future.
Part of Salon Encores.