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Brentano String Quartet

"The Brentano String Quartet … is something special,” wrote Paul Griffiths in the New York Times. “Their music making is private, delicate and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention."

High praise, and well deserved: for almost 20 years, they’ve been pushing boundaries with such high-concept repertoire as Fragments, which pairs newly commissioned music with unfinished works from throughout music history.

The Brentano String Quartet series 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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Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet

Brentano String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, February 16, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Brentano String Quartet
·· Mark Steinberg, Violin
·· Serena Canin, Violin
·· Misha Amory, Viola
·· Nina Lee, Cello

Program

Fragments: Connecting Past and Present Part ICHARLES WUORINEN Marian Tropes (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHUBERT "Quartettsatz" in C Minor, D. 703
BRUCE ADOLPHE Fra(nz)g-mentation (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BACH Contrapunctus XIII from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
SOFIA GUBAIDULINA Reflections on the Theme of B-A-C-H (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor
For part one of Fragments, the Brentano Quartet has invited three of today’s most imaginative composers to engage with unfinished pieces by Schubert and Bach to weave compelling new musical works. The new compositions will be played alongside the original ones to create an exciting evening of dialogue between music of the past and music of our present.

Listen

Debussy String Quartet in G minor, Op.10 (Animé et très décidé)


Quartetto Italiano
Philips

Brentano String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Brentano String Quartet
·· Mark Steinberg, Violin
·· Serena Canin, Violin
·· Misha Amory, Viola
·· Nina Lee, Cello

Program

Fragments: Connecting Past and Present Part II
HAYDN String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 103
JOHN HARBISON Finale, Presto (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SHOSTAKOVICH Allegretto (ca. 1960–1964)
STEPHEN HARTKE From the Fifth Book (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
MOZART String Quartet Fragment in E Minor, K. 417d
VIJAY IYER Mozart Effects (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BARTÓK String Quartet No. 1
For part two of Fragments, the Brentano Quartet has invited three of today’s most imaginative composers to engage with unfinished pieces by Haydn, Shostakovich, and Mozart to weave compelling new musical works. The new compositions will be played alongside the original ones to create an exciting evening of dialogue between music of the past and music of our present.

Listen

Mozart String Quartet in A Major (Allegro non troppo)


Brentano String Quartet
Aeon

Brentano String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Thursday, April 19, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Brentano String Quartet
·· Mark Steinberg, Violin
·· Serena Canin, Violin
·· Misha Amory, Viola
·· Nina Lee, Cello

Program

BUSONI String Quartet No. 2
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Große Fuge, Op. 133
On this final night of its three-concert series in Weill Recital Hall, the Brentano String Quartet performs Busoni’s powerful Second String Quartet and focuses on two late masterpieces by Beethoven. London’s Independent has hailed the group’s approach to the Op. 130 quartet as “passionate, uninhibited, and spell-bounding.” Together with the Große Fuge, it’s part of a season finale not to be missed.

Listen

Mozart String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 (Menuet)


Brentano String Quartet
Aeon