A life ripe with ruptures and resentment

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Warm and cold. © Charles Thibo

A few dramatic, frightening opening bars… a prelude to a sad and slow theme. Then, drama, again. And then: melancholy. This string quartet expresses a lot of feelings: distress, a cry for help, a longing for deliverance, a certain bitterness, the memory of past joys and injuries, of youthful lust and glory – time flies and before we realize it, we are confronted with our own finiteness.

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