London Haydn Quartet performs with clarinetist Eric Hoeprich at the Collection Feb. 4 & 5

Concerts feature Haydn string quartets, Mozart Clarinet Quintet

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the acclaimed London Haydn Quartet and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich in concerts featuring Haydn string quartets and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.

The program will be presented twice: Saturday, February 4 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 5 at 3 pm. Both performances take place at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The London Haydn Quartet – Catherin Manson and Michael Gurevich, violins; James Boyd, viola; and Richard Lester, cello – specializes in historically-informed performances of Haydn. Described by The Times as “playing with clarity and character,” they perform with classical-style bows and gut strings to recreate the techniques and sounds of Haydn’s day.

Their performances at Yale will open with two string quartets by Haydn, who has become known as the father of the string quartet for his role in shaping the genre: the Quartet in G Major, Op. 33, No. 5, and Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4.

Historical clarinetist Eric Hoeprich will join the quartet to perform Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A major, K. 581. Mozart wrote the piece for his friend Anton Stadler, a virtuoso on the basset clarinet (an instrument with a lower range than modern clarinets). Hoeprich owns a reproduction of Stadler’s basset clarinet; he made the instrument himself, basing it on an engraving from a program in Riga where Stadler performed Mozart’s clarinet concerto in 1794. MORE

Published January 17, 2012
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Hung-Kuan Chen performs the “Hammerklavier” and other Beethoven sonatas Feb. 8

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by the pianist Hung-Kuan Chen on Wednesday, February 8. Chen, hailed as “a deeply probing, imaginative player with an enormous palette of tone colors” (Boston Globe), will perform an all-Beethoven program.

This recital will feature three of Beethoven’s sonatas: Nos. 27, 28, and 29. The Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90, was written in 1814 (toward the end of Beethoven’s middle period). Beethoven described its restless first movement as “a contest between the head and the heart.”

Beethoven had become almost completely deaf by the time he wrote the Sonata No. 28 in A major, Op. 101, two years later. The sonata, which Beethoven described as “a series of impressions and reveries,” is considered the first of his late-period sonatas.

The concert will columinate in Beethoven’s monumental Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106. Known as the “Hammerklavier,” it is widely viewed as one of the composer’s most important works – and one of the most difficult.

This concert takes place at 8 pm in Sprague Hall (470 College St., corner of Wall Street). The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman. MORE

Published January 17, 2012
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