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Doric String Quartet

Monday, February 27, 2017 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major is a delightfully extroverted work with its fair share of rhythmic surprises. Beethoven, once Haydn’s student, deals some rhythmic tricks of his own in the dramatic second of his three quartets dedicated to Russian Count Razumovsky, where he quotes a Russian folk tune in the quirky Scherzo. There will also be some surprises from the always innovate Donnacha Dennehy in the premiere of a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its ongoing 125 Commissions Project.

Part of Salon Encores.


Doric String Quartet
·· Alex Redington, Violin
·· Jonathan Stone, Violin
·· Hélène Clément, Viola
·· John Myerscough, Cello


HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3
DONNACHA DENNEHY The weather of it (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission. 

Lead support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Public support for the 125 Commissions Project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional funding is provided by members of Carnegie Hall's Composer Club.

At a Glance

JOSEPH HAYDN  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3

Haydn’s 68 string quartets virtually created the chamber-music genre that would occupy a central place in 19th-century European music and musical life. The six Op. 64 quartets date from 1790, shortly before he embarked on the first of two extended trips to London as the most famous composer in Europe. By the time he composed his two Op. 77 quartets nine years later, he was ready to pass the baton to his erstwhile student, Beethoven.

DONNACHA DENNEHY  The weather of it

Donnacha Dennehy’s sonorously adventurous music resists tidy classification. Long associated with new-music groups like Ireland’s Crash Ensemble and New York’s Bang on a Can, he has explored his Irish roots in such recent works as The Dark Places (to a text by novelist Colm Tóibín) and the chamber opera The Hunger. In his latest string quartet, The weather of it, Dennehy puts the musical material through a process of “condensing and evaporating,” recalling the changeable weather in his native country.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”

The three quartets that Beethoven composed in 1806 for Russian Count Andrey Razumovsky marked a turning point both in his stylistic development and in the evolution of the string quartet. They also exerted a seminal influence on composers like Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms. Like its companions, the E-Minor “Razumovsky” Quartet illustrates the boldly iconoclastic style of Beethoven’s so-called middle period.


Doric String Quartet

The Doric String Quartet has firmly established itself as the leading British string quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe.

Highlights of this season include the quartet's debut appearance at Carnegie Hall, which includes the US premiere of Donnacha Dennehy's The weather of it, co-commissioned for the quartet by Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. The quartet continues to raise its profile in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Israel, where it returns for concerts in Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv. Other highlights include four appearances at Wigmore Hall, a weekend of performances at Perth Concert Hall, and recitals in Edinburgh, Oxford, and Brighton. The quartet also continues its long-standing relationship with the Wiltshire Music Centre in England, and returns to the Jersey Arts Centre (UK) and West Cork Chamber Music Festival.

In 2009, the Doric String Quartet's first CD, Korngold: The String Quartets, was released to critical acclaim on the Wigmore Live label and was named Editor's Choice in Gramophone; it was followed by Walton: String Quartets, which was nominated for a 2011 Gramophone Award. Since 2010, the quartet has recorded exclusively for Chandos Records. The ensemble's 2011 release, Schumann: Three String Quartets, Op. 41, was named CD of the month in both Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine, and was also shortlisted for a 2012 Gramophone Award. In 2015, Haydn: String Quartets, Op. 20 was named Editor's Choice by Gramophone and shortlisted for a Gramophone Award.

The Doric String Quartet was formed in 1998 at Pro Corda, the UK's leading chamber music organization. Its members studied at the Paris-based ProQuartet professional training program, and later at the City of Basel Music Academy. In 2015, the Doric String Quartet was appointed Teaching Quartet in Association at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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