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

January 17, 2012

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.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

Tickets to the concert are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Performers

The London Haydn Quartet was formed in response to its members’ devotion to Haydn’s string quartets. Playing with classical bows on instruments with gut strings, the ensemble has received invitations to many of the most important concert series in Europe and North America. They have performed the complete Haydn cycle numerous times and have given Haydn recitals at Carnegie Hall, Cheltenham International Festival, Granada International Festival, and at Haydn festivals in Esterhazy, Lincoln, and Lyon. They have formed a collaboration with period clarinetist Eric Hoeprich, with whom they also recorded the Brahms and Mozart quintets on the Glossa label. Recent concerts in this combination include a re-invitation to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, several concerts in USA and Canada, including a recital at the Library of Congress, and appearances in Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic. The London Haydn Quartet’s recordings of Haydn’s quartets Opus 9, Op. 17, and Op. 20 on the Hyperion label have met with highly enthusuiastic critical acclaim. The Opus 33 set will be released in 2012.
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For the past twenty years, Eric Hoeprich has specialised in performing on the historical clarinet. His expertise as a musician, scholar, and instrument maker create a unique approach to the clarinet repertoire of the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries. As principal clarinet in Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, he has had numerous opportunities to perform and record as a soloist. He has also appeared and recorded with the Academy of Ancient Music (Hogwood), Musica Antiqua Köln (Goebel), Philharmonia (McGegan), and Tafelmusik, among other period- and modern-instrument ensembles. As a chamber musician, Hoeprich performs with the wind ensembles Nachtmusique and Stadler Trio. He has recorded for Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, SONY, Glossa, Erato, Decca, Accent, and Teldec. Eric Hoeprich is on the faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris, the Royal Conservatory of the Music (The Hague), and Indiana University (Bloomington). He is the author of The Clarinet (Yale University Press, 2008) as well as articles in several journals. Hoeprich holds a large collection of 18th– and 19th-century clarinets.