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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Hagen Quartet

Thursday, March 28, 2019 8:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Hagan Quartet by Harald Hoffmann
Great string quartets engage in many different ways, from the brief, tightly connected motifs of Webern, to the epic scale of Beethoven, to the lyrical expressiveness of Schubert. There's a melancholy mood throughout much of Schubert's quartet—a work that features the famous songlike second movement. Beethoven’s quartet is a stupendous display of craftsmanship, with each of the work’s seven sections flowing one to the other without pause. The epic journey leads the listener to new tonalities, fugal writing to rival Bach’s, and Beethoven’s quintessential shifts from fury, to tenderness, to jollity.

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Part of: Chamber Sessions II

Performers

Hagen Quartet
·· Lukas Hagen, Violin
·· Rainer Schmidt, Violin
·· Veronika Hagen, Viola
·· Clemens Hagen, Cello

Program

SCHUBERT String Quartet in A Minor, "Rosamunde"

WEBERN Five Movements, Op. 5

BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Event Duration

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

At a Glance

SCHUBERT  String Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”

Schubert completed a total of 15 quartets—the first when he was barely 13, the last some two years before his untimely death. In the mid-1820s, he became fixated on the idea of writing a “grand symphony” on the order of Beethoven’s Ninth. Although that ambitious project never came to fruition, his last three quartets—including the “Rosamunde”—were clearly conceived on a symphonic scale.

 

WEBERN  Five Movements, Op. 5

These delicate, highly condensed miniatures date from 1909, when Webern was refining the spare, “aphoristic” style that would distinguish him from his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, and fellow student Alban Berg. The haunting quietude, pointillistic textures, and kaleidoscopic colors of the Five Movements influenced a host of later composers.  

 

BEETHOVEN  String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131

Beethoven’s late-period string quartets pose special challenges—and offer commensurate rewards—for listeners and performers alike. The composer himself considered Op. 131 the greatest of his 16 quartets. Although much has been written about its unconventional seven-part structure and abstruse tonal relationships, the music’s robust lyricism and emotional intensity have never failed to draw audiences into its unforgettable sound world.

Bios

Hagen Quartet

The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented three-decade-plus career began in 1981. Its early years—marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that would produce around 45 albums over the next 20 years—enabled the ...

The Hagen Quartet’s unprecedented three-decade-plus career began in 1981. Its early years—marked by a series of prizes in chamber music competitions and an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon that would produce around 45 albums over the next 20 years—enabled the group to work its way through the vast repertoire for string quartet and develop its distinctive profile. Collaborations with artistic personalities such as György Kurtág and the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt are as important to the Hagen Quartet as its concert appearances with performers such as Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Sabine Meyer, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, and Jörg Widmann.

In the 2018–2019 season, the Hagen Quartet’s performance schedule takes the musicians to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and venues in Brussels, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin, to name a few. The quartet is again a guest at the Salzburg Festival and the Schubertiade Hohenems. A tour in Asia includes concerts in Tokyo and Fukushima, as well as performances in China, Macau, and Taiwan. The quartet travels to the United States for concerts in New York, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.

The Hagen Quartet’s recording of Mozart’s K. 387 and K. 458 string quartets was awarded the Diapason d’Or and the Choc de Classica (France), as well as the coveted German ECHO Klassik award for Best Chamber Music Recording of 17th-/18th-Century Music (2016). In 2011, the quartet won its first ECHO Klassik award (Ensemble of the Year); in 2012, it was named an honorary member of the Vienna Konzerthaus.

The Hagen Quartet’s concert repertoire and discography feature programs that embrace the entire history of the string quartet genre, from its pre-Haydn beginnings all the way to Kurtág. The Hagen Quartet also works closely with composers of its own generation, not only reviving existing works, but commissioning and premiering new pieces.

The Hagen Quartet performs on old Italian master instruments.

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