Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 6pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

Fabrizio Falasca violin

Sarah Oates violin

Yukiko Ogura viola

Eric Villeminey cello

Karen Stephenson cello

Heidi Krutzen harp

Muhly Clear Music

Chausson String Quartet in C minor, Op.35

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

In a programme of two distinctive works, hear 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 met an untimely death 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, even 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.



  • Tickets: This concert is FREE and unticketed - just walk in
  • Running time: 50 minutes, no interval
  • Concert programme: Free programmes are available upon entry
  • Drinks: You can take drinks from the bar into this evening's performance
  • After the concert: In the evening performance at 7.30pm, Xian Zhang conducts two equally characterful works – Alina Pogostkina performs Brahms’s radiant Violin Concerto, while the full might of the orchestra is deployed in Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.

This concert is part of the Philharmonia Chamber Players series