Carnegie Hall Presents

Quartets Plus

A vast range of string-quartet repertoire—from Beethoven’s riveting mature works to 20th-century masterpieces by Britten and Shostakovich—are featured by outstanding ensembles performing in the intimate Weill Recital Hall. Join us after each of the concerts on this series for Salon Encores, a salon-style reception where you can enjoy drinks and merriment with fellow audience members and occasionally the evening’s artists.

Borromeo String Quartet

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Elias String Quartet

Modigliani Quartet

Borromeo String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, October 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Borromeo String Quartet
·· Nicholas Kitchen, Violin
·· Kristopher Tong, Violin
·· Mai Motobuchi, Viola
·· Yeesun Kim, Cello

Program

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 3 in F Major
BARTÓK String Quartet No. 6
BRITTEN String Quartet No. 2 in C Major
During the Borromeo String Quartet’s recent Bartók marathon, The Philadelphia Inquirer said that the musicians “performed at a high standard that brought you so deeply into the music’s inner workings that you wondered if your brain could take it all in.” Bartók is on the bill at Carnegie Hall, as well as Shostakovich and Britten. Shostakovich’s enigmatic String Quartet No. 3 shifts between high spirits and the darkly serious. Britten’s String Quartet No. 2, written to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Henry Purcell, closes with a brilliant set of variations.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Schostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 (Allegretto)


Juilliard String Quartet
Sony

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, November 7, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Apollon Musagète Quartet
·· Pawel Zalejski, Violin
·· Bartosz Zachlod, Violin
·· Piotr Szumiel, Viola
·· Piotr Skweres, Cello

Program

DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 11 in C Major, Op. 61
SZYMANOWSKI String Quartet No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 4 in D Major

Encore:STRAVINSKY Tango for String Quartet (arr. Wolfgang Birtel)
A fascinating variety of quartet styles from Central and Eastern Europe are featured. Commissioned by Vienna’s Hellmesberger Quartet, Dvořák set aside his Czech nationalism in his String Quartet in C Major, a work looking back to the quartets of the Viennese school. Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 4 opens in pastoral calm, but grows more intense as it explores Jewish themes—a potentially lethal path in the time of Stalin’s Jewish purges. Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2, with its wide spectrum of color and expression, is one of the Polish master’s finest works.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Brahms's Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51 (Allegro non assai)


Apollon Musagáte Quartet;
Oehms

Elias String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Monday, March 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Elias String Quartet
·· Sara Bitlloch, Violin
·· Donald Grant, Violin
·· Martin Saving, Viola
·· Marie Bitlloch, Cello

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
The Sunday Times (London) said the members of the Elias String Quartet “make a beautiful sound, burnished yet translucent, and play with vigor and subtlety.” Beethoven’s “Serioso” Quartet, written while the composer was besieged by personal problems, finds joy in its finale. The String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135, has episodes of Haydn-like humor, a gorgeous set of variations, and closes with an enigmatic musical discussion. The String Quartet in C-sharp Minor opens with a complex fugue, and then journeys through a world of changing moods in seven continuous movements.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Beethoven's String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132 (Molto adagio—Andante)


Cleveland Quartet
Telarc

Modigliani Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Modigliani Quartet
·· Philippe Bernhard, Violin
·· Loïc Rio, Violin
·· Laurent Marfaing, Viola
·· François Kieffer, Cello

Program

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
DEBUSSY String Quartet in G Minor
DOHNÁNYI String Quartet No. 3 in A Minor

Encore:SHOSTAKOVICH Polka from The Golden Age
Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4, has a restless, dark energy that is lightened by a whirling Rondo finale splashed with gypsy accents. Debussy’s Quartet is brilliantly constructed, melodically splendid, and harmonically inventive. Dohnányi’s rarely heard Quartet No. 3, written in 1926, is richly expressive and progressive.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

Debussy's String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 (Assez vif et bien rythmé)


Modigliani Quartet
Mirare