From 2010 until 2013, Jean-Guihen Queyras was Artist in Residence with Ensemble Resonanz - Tabea Zimmermann has just taken over - and presented a series of concerts with the ensemble as both soloist and musical director. Based at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg the Ensemble has established the highly successful ‘Resonanzen’ concert series.
This offers striking contrasts in programmes that combine rare and classic works of earlier centuries with modern music, newly commissioned works and premiere performances. This is the first recording of the arrangement for string ensemble of movements I, V and VI of the Lyric Suite. The First World War, that crucible of every kind of artistic change, intervened between Schoenberg’s 'Verklärte Nacht' (1899) and Berg’s 'Lyric Suite' (1925). Each work refers to adulterous love: Schoenberg secretly dedicated his work to Mathilde von Zemlinsky, whom he was later to marry; Berg’s passion for Hanna Fuchs explains the agonising, feverish character of his. The poem by Richard Dehmel that inspired 'Transfigured Night' evokes a couple walking through the night, in the course of which the woman confesses that the child she is carrying is not her husband’s. He at once forgives her in exalted tones.