Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions II

Delve into chamber gems by profoundly influential composers, including seminal string quartets by Bartók, Haydn, Schumann, and Mendelssohn, as well as Beethoven’s groundbreaking violin sonatas, all performed by world-class interpreters in the intimate Zankel Hall.

Narek Hakhnazaryan
Noreen Cassidy-Polera

Takács Quartet

Quatuor Ebène

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Narek Hakhnazaryan
Noreen Cassidy-Polera

Zankel Hall
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

Narek Hakhnazaryan, Cello
Noreen Cassidy-Polera, Piano

Program

SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70
RACHMANINOFF Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
LIGETI Cello Sonata
MIKHAIL BRONNER The Jew: Life and Death
RACHMANINOFF Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
ROSTROPOVICH Humoresque, Op. 5
Getting “a near rock star ovation” for his spellbinding performances, hear why the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that “his command of the instrument is extraordinary” when this talented young cellist comes to Carnegie Hall for what promises to be an unforgettable recital.

Takács Quartet

Zankel Hall
Sunday, January 19, 2014 | 3 PM

Performers

Takács Quartet
·· Edward Dusinberre, Violin
·· Károly Schranz, Violin
·· Geraldine Walther, Viola
·· András Fejér, Cello

Program

ALL-BARTÓK PROGRAM String Quartet No. 2
String Quartet No. 4
String Quartet No. 6
The half-dozen string quartets Bartók composed over a period of 30 years have become a 20th-century musical touchstone. From the folksy touches of the Second to the avant-garde virtuosity of the Fourth, the works on this program deftly showcase the development of his compositional style throughout his prolific career. And in the hands of the Takács Quartet, “the character and personality of the composer emerges with extraordinary intensity” (The Guardian).

Listen

Bartók's String Quartet No. 4 (Allegretto pizzicato)


Takács Quartet
Decca

Quatuor Ebène

Zankel Hall
Friday, February 21, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Quatuor Ebène
·· Pierre Colombet, Violin
·· Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin
·· Mathieu Herzog, Viola
·· Raphaël Merlin, Cello

Program

HAYDN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5
SCHUMANN String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

Encore:GARNER "Misty" (arr. Quatuor Ebène)
Hailed as "one of the standout quartets of a new generation" (The New York Times), the Quatuor Ebène is a collection of technically accomplished and musically engaging musicians who can play traditional repertoire with complete command while adding their own contemporary fair. The innovative French foursome returns to Carnegie Hall, bringing their fresh approach to classic works by Haydn, Schumann, and Mendelssohn.

Listen

Haydn's String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1 (Allegro ma non troppo)


Ebène Quartet
Mirare

Leonidas Kavakos
Enrico Pace

Zankel Hall
Monday, March 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Leonidas Kavakos, Violin
Enrico Pace, Piano

Program

BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24, "Spring"
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96

Encore:BEETHOVEN Allegro Vivace from Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Beethoven swept across the face of music like a hurricane passing over a gentle neighborhood, leaving it transformed beyond recognition, with his series of violin sonatas. His take on the classical form turned the traditional approach on its head, with piano and violin switching between melody and accompaniment, discoursing contrapuntally, and even assuming a concerto-like manner. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos and pianist Enrico Pace bring to life this genre-changing series in a program that includes his beguiling and popular “Spring” Sonata.