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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Elias String Quartet

Friday, March 9, 2018 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Elias String Quartet by Benjamin Ealovega
Due to a medical condition that involves his arm, violist Martin Saving must regretfully withdraw from this performance and the rest of the Elias String Quartet's North American tour. Simone van der Giessen will perform in his place.

Tensions, passions, and daring tonal explorations are at the center of this program. Schubert’s brief but powerful Quartettsatz opens in an agitated state; despite its lyrical second theme, it never quite releases its tension. The platonic love for a younger, married woman inspired a flurry of compositional activity in the last years of Janáček’s life. His “Intimate Letters” Quartet is a passionate paean to his love. Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat Major—also composed near the end of his life—ventures into new harmonic territories and boasts a set of brilliant second-movement variations on a noble theme.

Part of: Quartets Plus

Performers

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

Program

SCHUBERT Quartettsatz in C Minor
JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

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At a Glance

FRANZ SCHUBERT  Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703

This short but intensely expressive fast movement is all that remains of a string quartet that the 23-year-old Schubert left unfinished in 1820. Posthumously published 50 years later, the orphaned “Quartet Movement” looks ahead to the three great quartets of the composer’s maturity.

 

LEOŠ JANÁČEK  String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”

Young Kamila Stösslová was the spark that ignited the white-hot blaze of compositional activity in the last 10 years of Janáček’s life. Their passionate but platonic affair, expressed in hundreds of letters, inspired such masterworks as the operas Kát’a Kabanová and The Makropulos Affair. Above all, Janáček immortalized his muse in his Second String Quartet, which he described as having been “written in fire.”

 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

Beethoven’s five late-period quartets pose special challenges—and offer commensurate rewards—for listeners and performers. One of three quartets commissioned by Prince Nikolai Golitsyn, Beethoven’s Russian patron, Op. 127 is singularly adventurous both formally and tonally, packing a wealth of unexpected twists and turns into its seemingly conventional four-movement format. 

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