Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions II

String quartets lead the way in this series. While the Belcea and Artemis quartets perform favorites of the genre—two late Beethoven works, and valedictory music by Mendelssohn and Schubert—the Elias String Quartet teams with Jonathan Biss for a chamber version of a Mozart piano concerto.

Belcea Quartet

Artemis Quartet

Jonathan Biss
Elias String Quartet

Belcea Quartet

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Belcea Quartet
·· Corina Belcea, Violin
·· Axel Schacher, Violin
·· Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
·· Antoine Lederlin, Cello

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130
The Belcea Quartet, a group that approaches everything it plays with “timeless daring” (The New York Times), continues its three-concert focus on Beethoven’s epoch-making late quartets. This program features the E-flat–Major Quartet, Op. 127—the first of the five final quartets that changed the string quartet genre forever—and the B-flat–Major Quartet, Op 130.

Listen

Beethoven's Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major for Strings, Op. 127, IV. Finale

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Juilliard String Quartet
Sony Classical

Artemis Quartet

Zankel Hall
Sunday, March 17, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Artemis Quartet
·· Vineta Sareika, Violin
·· Gregor Sigl, Violin
·· Friedemann Weigle, Viola
·· Eckart Runge, Cello

Program

MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
GINASTERA String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26
SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Mendelssohn wrote his volatile, gut-wrenching F-Minor String Quartet, Op. 80, shortly after his sister Fanny died and only months before his own demise. Schubert’s final quartet—No. 15 in G Major—moves between sunny major-key and darkly ambiguous minor-key music. The Artemis Quartet performs both of these valedictory, quintessentially Romantic works.

Listen

Schubert's Quartet for Strings No. 12 in C Minor, D 703, Allegro Assai

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Artemis Quartet
Virgin Classics

Jonathan Biss
Elias String Quartet

Zankel Hall
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Jonathan Biss, Piano
Elias String Quartet
·· Sara Bitlloch, Violin
·· Donald Grant, Violin
·· Martin Saving, Viola
·· Marie Bitlloch, Cello
Carol McGonnell, Clarinet
Eric Reed, Horn
Brad Balliett, Bassoon

Program

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415
JANÁCEK Concertino for Piano and Chamber Ensemble
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44
Shortly after moving to Vienna in 1783, Mozart wrote a set of three concertos to show off his compositional skills and his prowess as a pianist, also producing orchestral and string-quartet arrangements of the works. On this program, Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet perform the chamber version of the last of these three concertos, along with the Piano Quintet that helped solidify Schumann’s reputation as a composer. Starting off the concert is Janáček’s idiosyncratic Concertino.

Listen

Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (Allegro brillante)

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Elias String Quartet | Jonathan Biss, Piano
Onyx