Program includes Mozart and Szymanowski quartets, plus Mendelssohn quintet with violist Ettore Causa
The Chamber Music Society at the Yale School of Music presents the Tokyo String Quartet on Tuesday, February 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The concert will open with Mozart’s “Hunt” Quartet in B-flat major, K. 458, so named because the first movement reminded Mozart’s contemporaries of the rhythms and horn calls of a hunting scene. Szymanowski’s Quartet No. 1 in C major, Op. 37, will round out the first half. The piece, written in 1917, “deserves to be much better known” for its “inventive textures and arresting, even hallucinatory ideas” (Classics Today).
Guest artist Ettore Causa, professor of viola at the Yale School of Music, will join the quartet for Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 87. Causa has been widely praised for his unusually beautiful tone; his first recording was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and his second quickly earned broad acclaim.
The Tokyo Quartet, currently celebrating its fortieth season as one of the world’s foremost ensembles, has been in residence at the Yale School of Music since 1976. The New York Times has praised the quartet for nothing less than “exemplary chamber music,” and the Toronto Star has called it “an established ensemble playing as one living, breathing organism.”