The Concert

The concert itself was highly atmospheric. Janáček’s String Quartet no.2, ‘Intimate Letters’, written right at the end of his life when he had fallen tragically in love with Kamila Stösslová, who singing voice he had heard in the café of a Moravian bar. Movements from the quartet were interspersed with readings by Joely Richardson from the 700 letters he wrote her. Then a piano quintet by Erich Korngold a Moravian, who migrated to Hollywood and wrote the sound track for The Adventures of Robin Hood, with readings from Oscar Wilde, Franz Kafka and Stefan Zweig: all the spiritual and psychological torment of writers in central Europe in the early part of the last century made Bloomsbury seem much less tortured.

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