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Programme Notes

I borrowed the title of this piano quartet from Monteverdi's great madrigal sequence of 1610: "Lagrime d'Amante al Sepolcro dell'Amata". There are six main sections, behind each of which hovers the ghost of another piece - songs by Debussy, Schubert and Beethoven, a piano piece by Schumann, a little Stravinsky, and, finally and most openly, a fragment of Monteverdi's own 'Sestina'. The work ends with a gentle lullaby. 'Sestina' was commissioned by William Howard and the Schubert Ensemble.

© John Woolrich

Sestina

Stapleford Granary (Stapleford, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom)

Composers Ensemble

Sestina

Bishopsgate Institute (London, United Kingdom)

Schubert Ensemble

Sestina

Turner Sims Concert Hall, University of Southampton (Southampton, United Kingdom)

Schubert Ensemble

Sestina

Kings Place (London, United Kingdom)

Hebrides Ensemble

Sestina

recording from Aldeburgh Festival 2010 performance

BBC Radio 3 (United Kingdom)

Hebrides Ensemble