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Brentano Quartet plays music of youth and of old age Sep. 29

“An ensemble of exceptional insight and communicative gifts.”
— The Daily Telegraph (London)
September 18, 2015

brentano_vThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 pm. The Brentano Quartet, which joined the Yale faculty in 2014, will play music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Britten, and Felix Mendelssohn.

Selections from Bach‘s masterful Art of the Fugue will open each half of the concert. The first half features Britten‘s String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94, written late in the composer’s life. Britten wrote the quartet on his last visit to Italy and incorporated quotations from his opera Death in Venice.

The concert will conclude with Mendelssohn‘s youthful, lyrical String Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 12, written when the composer was only 20 years old.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $26, $13 with student ID. BUY TICKETS

For more information or to purchase tickets, buy online, contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158, or visit the box office at 470 College Street.

The concert will also stream live on the School of Music’s website:

About the Brentano Quartet

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Beginning in 2014, the Brentano Quartet succeeds the Tokyo Quartet as Artists-in-Residence at Yale University, departing from their 14-year residency at Princeton University. The quartet also currently serves as the collaborative ensemble for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In recent seasons, the Quartet has traveled widely, appearing all over the United States and Canada, in Europe, Japan, and Australia. It has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall; the Library of Congress; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; and the Sydney Opera House. In 2012, the Brentano String Quartet provided the central music (Beethoven’s Opus 131) for the critically-acclaimed independent film A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Zilberman.

In addition to performing the entire two-century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano Quartet has worked closely with some of the most important composers of our time, among them Elliott Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Chou Wen-chung, and György Kurtág. The Quartet has been privileged to collaborate with such artists as soprano Jessye Norman, pianist Richard Goode, and pianist Mitsuko Uchida. In spring 2013, the second of three recordings featuring the late Beethoven Quartets was released on Aeon Records. Previous recordings include a disc of Mozart (also on Aeon) and the Opus 71 quartets of Haydn. In the area of newer music, the Quartet has released a disc of the music of Steven Mackey on Albany Records, and has also recorded the music of Bruce Adolphe, Chou Wen-chung and Charles Wuorinen.

Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the Quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” the intended recipient of his famous love confession. WEBSITE