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Rolston String Quartet

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:30 PM Weill Recital Hall
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Rolston String Quartet by Bo Huang
The First Prize Laureate of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Rolston String Quartet has been cited for “maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world” (Musical Toronto). The Rolston String Quartet makes its Carnegie Hall debut in a program that features one of Mozart’s "Haydn" quartets, a brilliant work that was a Beethoven favorite, and noteworthy for the daring Andante variations and tightly constructed finale. The musicians also dive deeper into the Beethoven connection with one of his late quartets, and explore the adventurous harmonies and daring string writing of a youthful Ligeti work inspired by Bartók.


Rolston String Quartet
·· Luri Lee, Violin
·· Emily Kruspe, Violin
·· Hezekiah Leung, Viola
·· Jonathan Lo, Cello


MOZART String Quartet in A Major, K. 464
LIGETI String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes"
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

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Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award.

Distinctive Debuts is supported by endowment gifts from The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

At a Glance

MOZART  String Quartet in A Major, K. 464

One of the six “Haydn” quartets dedicated to Mozart’s beloved mentor, the A-Major Quartet dates from January 1785, just before Haydn made his often-quoted remark to Leopold Mozart that his son was “the greatest composer known to me either in person or by name.” In his 29th year, Mozart was at the height of his powers as both composer and pianist. Later that year, he would commence work on Le nozze di Figaro, the first of his great operatic collaborations with Lorenzo Da Ponte.


LIGETI  String Quartet No. 1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”

Insatiably curious and constitutionally incapable of falling into a rut, 20th-century Hungarian composer György Ligeti continually reinvented his musical language over the course of his long life. He once said that “all cultures, indeed the whole wide world is the material of art!” Early in his career, Ligeti concentrated on distilling his musical language to its essence, as illustrated by his first quartet, which unfolds organically from a basic four-note motif.


BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130

The Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, is one of three quartets commissioned late in Beethoven’s life by his Russian patron Prince Nikolai Golitsyn, an enthusiastic amateur cellist. In its first incarnation, the six-movement work culminated in a resplendent display of contrapuntal fireworks. Upon prodding from his publisher, however, Beethoven spun the Grosse Fuge off as a separate opus and replaced it with a more conventional, listener-friendly Allegro.

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