Carnegie Hall Presents

Chamber Sessions I

This series is filled with music that will grab your attention and challenge your musical mind. It begins with an all-Beethoven program by the Belcea Quartet, with a focus on the composer's epoch-making late quartets. Also on the series: the Brentano String Quartet, the young musicians of Ensemble ACJW, as well as an inspired exploration of the music and culture of late-19th–century Vienna with Renée Fleming.
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November 6, 2012
Cancelled: Belcea Quartet
December 2, 2012
Ensemble ACJW
February 12, 2013
Brentano String Quartet
May 4, 2013
Vienna: Window to Modernity

Cancelled: Belcea Quartet

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 7:30 PM


Belcea Quartet
·· Corina Belcea, Violin
·· Axel Schacher, Violin
·· Krzysztof Chorzelski, Viola
·· Antoine Lederlin, Cello


String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
Due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy, this performance by Belcea Quartet, originally scheduled for Saturday, November 3 in Zankel Hall and rescheduled for Tuesday, November 6 pending the re-opening of West 57th Street, has now been cancelled. Patrons who purchased tickets for the concert with a credit card will be automatically refunded. Those who purchased tickets with cash can return them to the Carnegie Hall Box Office for a refund once the building reopens to the public.

For Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet, Beethoven’s string quartets are “among the highest challenges for any ensemble. They’re also one of the greatest musical journeys any listener or performer can ever undertake.” The group begins its three-concert, all-Beethoven residency with a program that includes the composer’s “Serioso” Quartet—which shows Beethoven at his most experimental—and the tuneful, life-affirming Op. 135, his final major work.


Beethoven's String Quartet A minor, Op. 132 (Allegro appassionato)

Juilliard String Quartet
Sony Classical

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education

Zankel Hall
Sunday, December 2, 2012 | 7:30 PM


Ensemble ACJW
Harry Bicket, Conductor
Lucy Crowe, Soprano
Stuart Breczinski, Oboe
Michelle Ross, Violin


BACH Concerto for Oboe, Violin, and Continuo in C Minor, BWV 1060
BACH Cantata No. 51: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
REBEL Les élémens ("The Elements")
GLUCK Suite from Armide
This inspirational collective of outstanding young professional musicians from The Academy that has earned accolades from critics and audiences alike for the quality of its performances, as well as its fresh and open-minded approach to programming, redefining what it means to be a musician in the 21st century. On this program, they perform music from the Baroque with conductor Harry Bicket.


Bach's Cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!, BWV 51, V. Aria, "Alleluja!"

English Concert | Harry Bicket, Conductor | Elizabeth Watts, Soprano
harmonia mundi

Brentano String Quartet

Zankel Hall
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 | 7:30 PM


Brentano String Quartet
·· Mark Steinberg, Violin
·· Serena Canin, Violin
·· Misha Amory, Viola
·· Nina Lee, Cello


HAYDN String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, "Joke"
STEVEN MACKEY One Red Rose (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2
“The Brentano String Quartet is something special,” wrote Paul Griffiths in The New York Times. “Their music making is private, delicate, and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention.” On this program, the Brentano Quartet String performs playful, jovial works by Haydn and Beethoven, plus a world premiere by Steven Mackey.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 127, No. 12 in E-Flat Major, I. Maestoso-Allegro

Brentano String Quartet

Vienna: Window to Modernity

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, May 4, 2013 | 7:30 PM


Renée Fleming, Soprano and Host
Jeremy Denk, Piano
Emerson String Quartet
·· Eugene Drucker, Violin
·· Philip Setzer, Violin
·· Lawrence Dutton, Viola
·· David Finckel, Cello
Paul Neubauer, Viola
Colin Carr, Cello


R. STRAUSS Drei Lieder der Ophelia, Op. 67
BRAHMS Ophelia Lieder
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
WAGNER from Wesendonck Lieder, Op. 91
(arr. Rudolf Leopold)
·· "Im Treibhaus"
·· "Träume"
BRAHMS Intermezzo in A Minor, Op. 118, No. 1
BRAHMS Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2
WEIGL from Five Songs for Soprano and String Quartet
·· "Trost"
·· "Regenlied"
WELLESZ "Mir scheint, das Angesicht der Welt verging," Op. 52, No. 5 from Sonnette der Elisabeth Barrett-Browning
WEBERN Drei Stücke, 1913
ZEISL “Der Mond steht da” from Mondbilder
ZEISL "Komm süsser Tod"
ZEISL "Gigerlette"
SCHOENBERG from Cabaret Songs
·· "Galathea"
·· "Gigerlette"

TAUBER "I'm in love with Vienna"
R. STRAUSS "Morgen," Op. 27, No. 4
KORNGOLD "Frag mich oft" from Walzer aus Wien (after Johann Strauss II)
The finale of Renée Fleming's Perspectives series, Vienna: Window to Modernity is a thoughtful tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of literary and visual arts, gave way to the 20th century.


Korngold's Die tote Stadt, Act 1, Glück, das mir verblieb (Mariettalied)

English Chamber Orchestra | Jeffrey Tate, Conductor | Renée Fleming, Soprano