The Modigliani Quartet members have been dubbed “a fab foursome” (The Seattle Times) and praised for their “awesome individual and communal brilliance” (The Strad). Their program features Mozart’s sweetly melodic “Hunt” Quartet, Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, and Grieg’s Quartet in G Minor—a work that is lushly melodic with harmonies that point to music of the future.
Part of: Quartets Plus
·· Amaury Coeytaux, Violin
·· Loïc Rio, Violin
·· Laurent Marfaing, Viola
·· François Kieffer, Cello
Luke Fleming, Viola
MOZART String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, "Hunt"
STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for String Quartet
GRIEG String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
At a Glance
MOZART String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, “Hunt”
Completed in November 1784, K. 458 is the fourth of the six “Haydn” Quartets, a collection so enthusiastically received in Austria and elsewhere that they had to be reprinted several times. In presenting the published set to Haydn a year later, Mozart called it “the fruit of long and laborious study.”
BARTÓK String Quartet No. 3
Composed in the summer of 1927, the third of Bartók’s six quartets was influenced by the imaginatively colored sound world of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite, which the Hungarian had heard in Vienna earlier that year. What Theodor Adorno called the quartet’s “iron concentration” and “wholly original tectonics” are reflected in its highly compressed form.
GRIEG String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27
With its inspired melodies and luxuriant sonorities, Grieg’s String Quartet in G Minor draws on the rich vein of lyricism that he mined in works such as the A-Minor Piano Concerto and the incidental music for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. At the same time, the quartet’s advanced harmonies and organic structure—the four movements are linked by common thematic material—look ahead to the music of Debussy, Bartók, and other modernists.
The Paris-based Modigliani Quartet, which was founded in 2003, is a regular guest of the world’s top venues and finest chamber music series. It was the first string quartet to perform in the main hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg when it opened in 2017. In 2020, the quartet became artistic director of the string quartet festival Quatuors à Bordeaux and its renowned Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition.
In the 2021–2022 season, the quartet is focusing on composer Franz Schubert and his 225th anniversary in 2022, dedicating itself to all of his string quartets. In spring and summer 2022, the quartet will play a Schubert cycle that features all 15 string quartets in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems. Other highlights of the 2021–2022 season include concerts in Berlin, Paris, and other European cities as well as a tour to the US in November.
In December 2020, the Modigliani Quartet celebrated the world premiere of the string quartet Split Apart, composed by British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage. It will perform the work in the 2021–2022 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Staatstheater Darmstadt.
The Modigliani Quartet has been recording for Mirare since 2008 and has released 10 award-winning albums. Its ninth, Portraits, was featured in the chamber music bestseller list at the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. The album Schubert Octet—which was recorded together with Sabine Meyer, Bruno Schneider, Dag Jensen, and Knut Erik Sundquist, and released in April 2020—received international critical acclaim. In 2021, the Modigliani Quartet records all of Schubert’s string quartets, which will be released in early 2022.
Amaury Coeytaux plays a 1773 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini. Loïc Rio plays a 1780 violin by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini. Laurent Marfaing plays a 1660 viola by Luigi Mariani. François Kieffer plays a 1706 cello by Matteo Goffriller. The Modigliani Quartet also thanks SPEDIDAM for its help.