The Kreutzer Quartet set up a dialogue with Martin Ellerby's new work using music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
All three works that they have chosen explore ideas of correspondence, of distance, of exile, and new life. Dvorak's quintet was inspired by his time im the small Czech community of Spillville, Iowa, a home very far from home.
Elliott Schwartz, who has pioneered new music in Maine for many years, offers a quartet inspired by the collection-sculpture of Louise Nevelson, who was exiled from Kiev to Maine early in the 20th century.
Leos Janacek's astounding Second Quartet 'love letters' finds a musical universe way beyond the scope of it's moniker, and succeeds in bringing together the hopes and tragedy of the Europe unfolding around him in its short span.