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Peninsula Reviews: Brentano Quartet Triumphs!

Carmel Music Society presents "spellbinding performance" by the ensemble recently appointed YSM's new quartet-in-residence
November 11, 2013

Peninsula Reviews
By Lyn Bronson

Brentano 11-10-13

The Carmel Music Society continued its 87th Season yesterday afternoon with an spellbinding performance by the famed Brentano Quartet – an ensemble that has been in the news recently, not only for its performance on the soundtrack of the recent film “A Late Quartet,” but also for its appointment just announced as “Quartet in Residence” at Yale University’s School of Music, a position held by the Tokyo Quartet for 37 years until its retirement last year.

The four members of the Brentano Quartet, violinists Mark Steinberg & Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Lee, are distinguished musicians who have earned a gilt-edged reputation throughout the world in performances and on CDs. They have appeared several times in past years in Carmel, thus it was a pleasure to welcome them back once again.

The program kicked off with a performance of Haydn’s Quartet No. 50 in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3. Right from the opening notes we heard brilliant mastery, elegant musicianship and a lively give and take in the elegant repartee back and forth between the musicians. There was no doubt we were in the presence of some of the finest musicians alive today…