Unknown repertoire in an adventurous program performed by the string quartet ADAM and clarinetist/genre master Gerbrich Meijer.
The ADAM Quartet and clarinetist Gerbrich Meijer have formed a friendship. Their common love for the more unknown repertoire results in this adventurous program. Together they play the unknown clarinet quintet by Coleridge-Taylor. The British composer was celebrated in America as an example of what could be possible for black people - he became a symbol of hope. He wrote his clarinet quintet in response to the challenge: could anyone come up with a quintet without following Brahms' brilliant examples? The challenger, composer and professor Stanford, thought so: 'You've done it, me boy! A certain Dvořák influence can be felt, especially in the second movement, which is reminiscent of the Symphony of the New World.
Another composer from this New World is the American John Adams. Although he is one of the most performed contemporary classical composers, his first string quartet is not often performed. His music stems from minimalism, although his first string quartet, full of virtuosity and adventure, is not particularly minimalistic.