Concerts feature Haydn string quartets, Mozart 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