Intimate Letters 2012

“You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses – no, really of mine. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately…”
Bell Shakespeare has joined forces with the Australian Chamber Orchestra to present Intimate Letters, two special performances at Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay. Informal and raw, the audience will surround the performers as they create an intimate and memorable performance experience.
Saturday 24 November, 6pm & 8:30pm (2 performances)
Pier 2/3
Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
Leoš Janácek’s passionate love for Kamila Stösslová, 38 years his junior, was a source of light and inspiration for the last twelve years of the composer’s life. Both married to other people, Janácek wrote over 700 letters to Kamila during his final years.Intimate Letters marries the music of Beethoven, Janácek and Schumann with readings of Janácek’s most intimate love letters by Bell Shakespeare artists and directed by Peter Evans.All tickets $45 (includes one complimentary drink).
Intimate Letters runs for 70 minutes (approx) with no interval.
Please note:
The 6pm concert is now sold out. There are still some tickets available for  the 8:30pm concert, and these tickets can be purchased at the door on the night (cash only).

BEETHOVEN String Quartet, Op.130, Cavatina
JANÁCEK String Quartet No.2, Intimate Letters
SCHUMANN String Quartet, Op.41, No.3

VIOLIN Rebecca Chan
VIOLIN Veronique Serret
VIOLA Christopher Moore
CELLO Timo-Veikko Valve

ACTOR Andrea Demetriades
ACTOR William Zappa

From Timo-Veikko Valve – Curator of the Pier 2/3 Concerts

The ‘extra’ slow movement in the beginning of this concert is from Beethoven’s Op.130 quartet. The famous Cavatina (Adagio molto espressivo) leads us inevitably to a state of soothing, comforting calmness. Beethoven was completely deaf when he wrote this piece, and yet it moved him so deeply that he couldn’t be in the room to even watch a performance because it would make him cry.

There will hopefully be no classical or set structure in these concerts at the Pier 2/3. The function of the Beethoven movement is to set the scene for the main event of the evening; Leoš Janácek’s Intimate Letters.

Leoš Janácek’s passionate love for Kamila Stösslová, 38 years his junior, was a source of light and inspiration every day for the last twelve years of the composer’s life. Of his very last composition, String Quartet No.2 Intimate letters, the 74- year-old composer wrote to Kamila: “You stand behind every note, you, living, forceful, loving. The fragrance of your body, the glow of your kisses – no, really of mine. Those notes of mine kiss all of you. They call for you passionately…” All in all Janácek wrote over 700 letters to Kamila. They were both married, so the letters were considered taboo for a long time. They were only published for the first time in their entirety in 1990. We will perform the quartet together with a selection of some off those letters read by actors from the Bell Shakespeare Company.

I always want to add something new to my personal repertoire. I have been lucky enough to perform the Beethoven and Janácek quartets multiple times but I have never played any of the amazingly beautiful Schumann quartets. I could not imagine a more suitable occasion to conclude with the Op.41 No.3 quartet. After all Schumann’s music is considered to be romanticism at its purest.