• Thursday, Sep 20, 2012

    Belcea Quartet Performs Beethoven's Late String Quartets Over Three Concerts in Zankel Hall, November 3, 7, and 9

    Image of Belcea Quartet © Jennifer Taylor.
    The Belcea Quartet explores Beethoven’s late string quartets in a three-concert residency in Zankel Hall, beginning with Op. 95 in F Minor (“Serioso”), Op. 132 in A Minor, and the composer’s final quartet—Op. 135 in F Major—on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.

    On Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m., the ensemble performs Op. 127 in E-flat Major—the first of the five final quartets that changed the genre forever—and Op. 130 in B-flat Major. A pre-concert talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall with members of the Belcea Quartet in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Carnegie Hall’s Director of Artistic Planning.

    The third and final program, on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m., features Beethoven’s Op. 74 in E-flat Major (“Harp”) and Op. 131 in C-sharp Minor as well as the composer’s single-movement Grosse Fuge.

    Artist Information
    Established at the Royal College of Music in 1994, the Belcea Quartet is one of the leading quartets of the new generation. They consistently receive critical acclaim for their performances and possess an impressive discography. Their most recent release, a double disc of the late Schubert Quartets and the String Quintet with Valentin Erben for EMI, was nominated for a Gramophone Award.

    The Belcea Quartet’s international engagements regularly take them to the top concert halls and festivals around the world. They were the resident quartet from 2001 to 2006 at Wigmore Hall. They regularly work with leading instrumentalists including Thomas Adès, Isabelle van Keulen, Michael Collins, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Yovan Markovitch, Piotr Anderszewski and Valentin Erben. Collaborations with singers have included performances of Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson with Anne Sofie von Otter at the Cité de la Musique, Respighi’s Il Tramonto with Angelika Kirchschlager at Wigmore Hall, and with Ian Bostridge at Zankel Hall and the Library of Congress.

    The Belcea Quartet's major project in the 2011–2012 season was an ambitious survey of the complete string quartets by Beethoven with cycles of concerts in the UK, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Italy, and the US. During this season, they also gave the premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Piano Quintet at Wigmore Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Dortmund Konzerthaus with pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa.

    The Belcea Quartet won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. Their discography for EMI includes Brahms’s String Quartet, Op.51, No.1, and second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska; Fauré’s La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge; Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long; a double disc of Britten’s string quartets, which won a MIDEM Cannes Award; Mozart’s “Dissonance” and “Hoffmeister” quartets; and the complete Bartók quartets, for which the Quartet was awarded the title Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.

    The Belcea Quartet is the Quartet in Residence at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and, from the beginning of the 2010–2011 season, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus.

    Program Information
    Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall
    BELCEA QUARTET
    •• Corina Belcea-Fisher, Violin
    •• Axel Schacher, Violin
    •• Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
    •• Antoine Lederlin, Cello

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
    String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
    String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
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    Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    BELCEA QUARTET
    •• Corina Belcea-Fisher, Violin
    •• Axel Schacher, Violin
    •• Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
    •• Antoine Lederlin, Cello

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
    String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

    Pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall with members of the Belcea Quartet in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

    This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony B. Evnin and the A. E. Charitable Foundation.
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    Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    BELCEA QUARTET
    •• Corina Belcea-Fisher, Violin
    •• Axel Schacher, Violin
    •• Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
    •• Antoine Lederlin, Cello

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74, "Harp"
    Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
    String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131


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