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Brentano String Quartet presents music by Dvorák, Haydn, and Shostakovich Jan. 26

Oneppo Chamber Music Series opens 2016 with YSM's Quartet in Residence
December 21, 2015

brentano-homeThe Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the acclaimed Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:30 pm. The quartet, which joined the Yale faculty in 2014, will perform music by Joseph Haydn, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Antonin Dvorák.

The concert will begin with Haydn‘s Quartet in F-sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 4, Hob. III:47. The work is part of a set of six quartets that Haydn dedicated to King Frederick William II of Prussia, himself an amateur cellist, and the piece contains some notable passages for the cello.

Next on the program is Shostakovich‘s String Quartet No. 14 in F-sharp major, Op. 142. Like the preceding work, this quartet was dedicated to a cellist, Sergei Shirinsky (who premiered several of Shostakovich’s string quartets), and features the instrument throughout the piece.

The program will conclude with Dvořák‘s Quartet No. 11 in C major, Op. 61, a work that displays elements of the classic Viennese style as well as influences from the composer’s beloved Czech homeland.  The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Tickets start at $36, $13 with student ID, and are available online, by phone at 203 432-4158, or from the YSM 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