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“Passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding” Brentano String Quartet performs Oct. 18

September 27, 2011

brentano-quartetPianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn joins to play Ginastera

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. In addition to string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, the ensemble will perform a quintet with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The concert opens with the last string quartets that Haydn and Beethoven each wrote: Haydn’s unfinished Quartet in D minor, Op. 103, and Beethoven’s Quartet in F major, Op. 135. This is the piece in which Beethoven inscribed the existential question, “Must it be?” and answered, “It must be!”

Schubert’s posthumous Quartettsatz (movement for string quartet) in C minor, D. 703, will open the second half of the program.

The Brentano Quartet will then join forces with acclaimed pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn to perform Alberto Ginastera’s Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 29, written in 1963. Solzhenitsyn is widely respected as an orchestral conductor, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida as well as the Emerson, Borodin, and St. Petersburg string quartets.

Tickets to this concert of the season are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. Pick 5 and Pick 3 sampler packages offer discounts of up to 20%. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven.


Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The Independent calls it “Passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding,” and the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” In its first European tour in 1997, the quartet was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. The Brentano Quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, including Elliot Carter, Charles Wuorinen, and György Kurtág, and has collaborated with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Richard Goode, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. The Brentano Quartet has recorded the Opus 71 quartets of Haydn and a Mozart disc for Aeon Record, as well as a disc of the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records. A forthcoming release on Aeon will feature the Beethoven Quartets Op. 127 and 131.  The ensemble became the first resident quartet at Princeton University in 1999. It is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

Recognized as one of today’s most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn’s lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. Principal guest conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Ignat Solzhenitsyn has just stepped down after six seasons as music director of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, to become its conductor laureate. He is much in demand as a guest conductor, having recently led the symphonies of Baltimore, Seattle, Toronto, and Moscow, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, among many others. Recent concerto performances include appearances with the Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Israel, and Sydney symphony orchestras, and collaborations with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, and Krzysztof Penderecki. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Solzhenitsyn appears frequently at festivals including Salzburg, Evian, Caramoor, Marlboro, and Moscow’s famed December Evenings.