Performance Friday, April 8, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Ebène Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
The Ebène Quartet will be signing CDs after this performance.


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


  • MOZART String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
  • BARTÓK String Quartet No. 3
  • MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

  • Encore:
  • AHBEZ "Nature Boy"


  • Ebène Quartet

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

    Distinguished by its youth, open-mindedness, and versatility, France's Ebène Quartet has had a meteoric rise to the top. Now among the world's most sought-after quartets, the Ebène made its US debut tour in March 2009 to widespread critical acclaim. The tour featured performances in Boston, Seattle, Washington, DC, and at Carnegie Hall. In October 2009, the Ebène's CD of Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré string quartets won the Gramophone Award for Recording of the Year-only the fourth time a chamber ensemble has won this prestigious prize. This same recording was named Gramophone's December 2008 Editor's Choice and received five-star ratings from both BBC Music Magazine and London's Sunday Times.

    During its 2008-2009 season, the Ebène participated in a Haydn cycle at London's Wigmore Hall, with the Emerson, Hagen, and Arcanto quartets. The Ebène celebrated the Haydn Year at Brussels' Palais des Beaux-Arts, and performed in other notable venues that included the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Gstaad's Menuhin Festival. In the summer of 2010, the quartet made its Tanglewood and Mostly Mozart debuts.

    The Ebène Quartet's live Haydn CD (Mirare / Harmonia Mundi) was released in February 2006 to unanimous worldwide praise and was one of The Strad's Album of the Month selections. As part of its multi-year deal with Virgin Classics, the quartet released a Brahms CD in the fall of 2009, and recently released FICTION, a jazz and crossover album. This improvisatory recording features collaborators of international stature, including singer Natalie Dessay.

    Considered one of the finest quartets of its generation, the Ebène was named BBC Music Magazine's 2009 Newcomer of the Year, and was also nominated for the renowned Les Victoires de la Musique Classique Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year. In June 2006, the Ebène was admitted to the esteemed BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and in 2004 was awarded first prize of the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich, as well as the Karl Klinger Foundation Prize.
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Bartók String Quartet No. 3 (I. Lento)
Ebène Quartet

At a Glance

String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance”

One of Mozart’s most extraordinary chamber works, K. 465 takes its name, and much of its character, from the stinging dissonances in the short introduction to the first movement. Although Haydn used dissonant harmonies to striking effect in his oratorio The Creation, he, like many of his contemporaries, found Mozart’s tonal unorthodoxy difficult to swallow. 

String Quartet No. 3

Composed in the summer of 1927, the third of Bartók’s six quartets was influenced by the imaginatively colored sound world of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. What Theodor Adorno called the quartet’s “iron concentration” and “wholly original tectonics” are reflected in its highly compressed single-movement form.

String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

The String Quartet in F minor is Mendelssohn’s sixth string quartet and last major work, composed in the wake of his beloved sister Fanny’s death and just two months before his own premature passing at the age of 38.

Program Notes
This concert is made possible, in part, by the A.L. and Jennie L. Luria Foundation.
This performance is part of Quartets Plus.

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