Saint Elizabeth Bells
||Cello and Cimbalom
||Cello with Miscellaneous Instrument(s)
Saint Elizabeth Bells takes its inspiration from bell sounds of the Saint Elizabeth Cathedral in central Budapest. The cathedral is named after Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, a Catholic saint who served the sick. Inhabiting a meditative space populated with memories just out of reach, the piece is a dialogue of colours in which time is suspended. Paul Katz gave the works its premiere performance on the New England Conservatory’s First Monday series in November 2013.
“One of the brightest stars in her generation of composers” (Audiophile Audition), Kati Agócs writes music that is heard with increasing regularity across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her diverse and growing body of work is hailed for merging sensuous allure with lapidary rigor and delivers a searing emotional impact. The Boston Globe has praised its elegance, citing “music of fluidity and austere beauty” with “a visceral intensity of expression.” The New York Times has characterized her chamber music as “striking” and her vocal music as possessing “an almost nineteenth-century naturalness.” Gramophone Magazine has praised the "penetrating individuality" of her music, calling it an "iridescent wonder." A recent Guggenheim Fellow, she is also a winner of the prestigious Arts and Letters Award, the lifetime achievement award in music composition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2017 Juno Award nominee for Classical Composition of the Year.