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Quatuor Ébène

Saturday, May 2, 2020 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
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Quatuor Ébène by Julien Mignot
Beethoven was not afraid to stir the waters. In the First “Razumovsky” Quartet, he broke convention in a chamber work that was more expansive and technically challenging than any heard before. It’s also notable for its melodic beauty and quote of a Russian folk theme in its exuberant finale. The lukewarm response by the premiere audience to the magnificent Grosse Fuge resulted in some scalding vitriol from the composer. Time has vindicated him; this epic journey to new musical frontiers remains one of his enduring masterpieces.

Part of: Zankel Sampler II, Beethoven String Quartets, and Beethoven Celebration


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



String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

This concert is made possible, in part, by The Joan and Ernest Bragin Endowment Fund.

Lead support for the Beethoven Celebration is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

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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