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Salzburg’s “Breathtaking” Hagen Quartet performs at the Yale School of Music on April 27

April 13, 2010
“Their performance was filled with subtlety and wonder… a thrilling encounter.”
–The Independent

The Yale School of Music presents the Salzburg-based Hagen Quartet in a performance on Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The program features Beethoven’s Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, no. 3; Webern’s Five Pieces, Op. 5; and Grieg’s Quartet in G minor, Op. 27.

The quartet, praised by Gramophone for its “formidable precision and great rhythmic elan,” is comprised of three siblings – Lukas, Veronika, and Clemens Hagen, who play violin, viola, and cello, respectively – and second violinist Rainer Schmidt. The Independent has called the quartet’s playing “breathtaking in its precision, dynamism, and agility.”

The concert is part of the 2009-10 season of the Chamber Music Society at Yale, directed by David Shifrin.

Tickets to the Hagen Quartet’s performance are $27 to $34, $14 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the School of Music’s website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Hagen Quartet

The unparalleled career of the Hagen Quartet began in 1981 when the ensemble garnered two awards at the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival. A year later, when all the quartet’s members were still under the age of 20, they won Yehudi Menuhin’s prestigious Portsmouth String Quartet Competition. These honors were followed by awards in Evian, Bordeaux, and Banff. Praised for their finely nuanced timbre and the engaging immediacy of their ensemble sound, in 1985 the Hagen Quartett signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and began their award-winning discography. In their native city of Salzburg they studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose period performance practice became the foundation of their performing style. They appear regularly in chamber music performances with Heinrich Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Maurizio Pollini, Sabine Meyer, and Jörg Widmann. Their concert repertoire and compelling discography bring together unusual, captivating, and intelligently combined programming from Haydn to Kurtág, covering the entire history of the string quartet.