“Passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding” Brentano String Quartet performs Oct. 18

brentano-quartetPianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn joins to play Ginastera

The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the Brentano String Quartet on Tuesday, October 18 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. In addition to string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert, the ensemble will perform a quintet with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The concert opens with the last string quartets that Haydn and Beethoven each wrote: Haydn’s unfinished Quartet in D minor, Op. 103, and Beethoven’s Quartet in F major, Op. 135. This is the piece in which Beethoven inscribed the existential question, “Must it be?” and answered, “It must be!”

Schubert’s posthumous Quartettsatz (movement for string quartet) in C minor, D. 703, will open the second half of the program.

The Brentano Quartet will then join forces with acclaimed pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn to perform Alberto Ginastera’s Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 29, written in 1963. Solzhenitsyn is widely respected as an orchestral conductor, and as a chamber musician has collaborated with Mitsuko Uchida as well as the Emerson, Borodin, and St. Petersburg string quartets.

Published September 27, 2011
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Orion String Quartet performs Bach, Beethoven, and Kirchner

Pianist Peter Serkin joins the ensemble for the Brahms piano quintet

orion_blogThe Orion String Quartet, one of America’s foremost chamber ensembles, will perform with the stellar pianist Peter Serkin at the Yale School of Music on Tuesday, February 23 at 8 pm. The first half of the program will offer string quartets by Bach, Kirchner, and Beethoven: Contrapunctus I from Bach’s Art of the Fugue; Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 4, written in 2006; and Beethoven’s “Harp” Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74. The evening will conclude with the Brahms Piano Quintet, featuring Serkin in the demanding piano part.

The members of the Orion String Quartet are violinists Daniel Phillips and Todd Phillips, violist Steven Tenenbom, and cellist Timothy Eddy. Daniel and Todd Phillips are brothers who share the first violin chair equally. Serkin, recognized as one of America’s leading pianists for over forty years, has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards and is a versatile artist who has recorded and performed music from Bach to Brahms to the twenty-first century. He is the son of the pianist Rudolf Serkin and the grandson of the violinist and composer Adolf Busch.


Published February 5, 2010
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