Work of the Week - Toshio Hosokawa: Fluss
On 24 October, the Arditti Quartet (photo) present the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s new concerto for string quartet and orchestra, Fluss, with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under the baton of Peter Rundel at Cologne’s Philharmonie. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the quartet remains dedicated to championing new works and have worked collaboratively with Hosokawa on many occasions.
Few other composers have written works for combined string quartet and orchestra, with the notable exceptions of Spohr, Schoenberg and Martinù. Hosokawa’s inspiration frequently derives from Japanese poetry and nature, as is the case with Fluss ("River") which bears the subtitle: Ich wollt‘, ich wäre ein Fluss und Du das Meer (I wish I were a river and you the sea).
"Many of my works are strongly connected to nature as one can see from their titles: Circulating Ocean, Voice from the Ocean, Skyscape, Blossoming. I believe that my interest comes from the tradition of Japanese poetry. Almost all of Japan’s traditional arts deal with nature. By sympathizing with nature man becomes part of it and expresses his sympathy in music, poetry and dance." – Toshio Hosokawa
Hosokawa, who celebrates his 59th birthday the day before the premiere of Fluss, has written several works for string quartet, including Urbilder, Silent Flowers and Blossoming. His most recent Quartet, Small River in a Distance, was also premiered by the Arditti Quartet in May 2014.
The world premiere of Fluss will be broadcasted live on WDR 3. A day later the work will be given a second performance at the Concertgebouw in Bruges.
Photo: Astrid Karger
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