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Quatuor Ébène

Saturday, April 18, 2020 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Quatuor Ébène by Julien Mignot
Beethoven’s many moods are revealed in the works on this program. The B-flat Major Quartet is the most forward-looking of his early quartets and is particularly noteworthy for its finale, subtitled “La Malinconia” ("Melancholy")—an unforgettable dialogue between anguish and joy. The A-Minor Quartet was written at a time of personal tumult, and an uneasy tone runs through the work. Its magnificent third movement, however, is a heartfelt song of thanks for recovery from illness that becomes a radiant celebration of newfound strength.

Part of: Chamber Sessions III, Beethoven String Quartets, and Beethoven Celebration


Quatuor Ébène
·· Pierre Colombet, Violin
·· Gabriel Le Magadure, Violin
·· Marie Chilemme, Viola
·· Raphaël Merlin, Cello



String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6

String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM: Raphaël Merlin, cellist of the Quatuor Ébène, in conversation with Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean, The Juilliard School.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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