The Yale School of Music presents a performance of the complete Brahms quartets for piano and strings on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Pianist Boris Berman, guest violinist Julie Eskar, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Clive Greensmith (of the Tokyo String Quartet) will join forces for an all-Brahms program.
The concert will open with the Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26, followed by the Quartet No. 3 in C minor. In the A major quartet, the serene main theme is initiated by the piano alone and is then echoed by the strings, establishing the dichotomy of keyboard against strings. The C minor quartet is one of Brahms’s darkest chamber works, outside of the lushly tranquil third movement, and is sometimes thought to reflect the composer’s love for Clara Schumann.
The night will conclude with Brahms’s tempestuous Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 60. This piece was the first chamber work of Brahms’ that the composer played in public.
The concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, which is directed by David Shifrin. The performance begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Tickets are $20–$30, $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.