Carnegie Hall Presents

Quartets Plus

Composers reveal their innermost feelings, explore new tonalities, and push virtuosity to the extreme in the string quartet form. This series—performed in the intimate Weill Recital Hall—presents a range of repertoire, from the polished charm of Haydn and otherworldly depth of Beethoven to a new work by Donnacha Dennehy that’s part of Carnegie Hall’s 125 Commissions Project. Join us after each of the concerts on this series for Salon Encores, a salon-style reception where you can enjoy drinks and merriment with fellow audience members and occasionally the evening’s artists.
November 4, 2016
Cancelled: Heath Quartet
February 27, 2017
Doric String Quartet
March 24, 2017
Kuss Quartet
May 5, 2017
Miró Quartet

Cancelled: Heath Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, November 4, 2016 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Heath Quartet
·· Oliver Heath, Violin
·· Cerys Jones, Violin
·· Gary Pomeroy, Viola
·· Christopher Murray, Cello

Program

HAYDN String Quartet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 4
TIPPETT String Quartet No. 5
DVOŘÁK String Quartet in G Major, Op. 106
Please note that due to personal reasons, the Heath Quartet must regrettably cancel its US tour, including this performance. Ticket holders who paid by credit card will receive automatic refunds; those who paid with cash should return their tickets to the Box Office at 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. If you have any further questions, please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800.

String quartets from Haydn (the founding genius of the form), Dvořák (one of the Romantic era’s supreme melodists), and Tippett (one of the giants of 20th-century composition) showcase the Heath Quartet’s versatility. Haydn’s quartet—one of six dedicated to Prussian King Frederick William II—is an inventive masterpiece. Dvořák’s String Quartet in G Major is the first music he wrote after returning to Prague from America and includes one of the most hauntingly beautiful slow movements in all of his chamber music. The Heath Quartet has been praised by The New York Times for its “passionate performances that combine technical accomplishment with interpretative flair.”

Part of Salon Encores.

Doric String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Monday, February 27, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Doric String Quartet
·· Alex Redington, Violin
·· Jonathan Stone, Violin
·· Hélène Clément, Viola
·· John Myerscough, Cello

Program

HAYDN String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3
DONNACHA DENNEHY The weather of it (US Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"
Haydn’s String Quartet in B-flat Major is a delightfully extroverted work with its fair share of rhythmic surprises. Beethoven, once Haydn’s student, deals some rhythmic tricks of his own in the dramatic second of his three quartets dedicated to Russian Count Razumovsky, where he quotes a Russian folk tune in the quirky Scherzo. There will also be some surprises from the always innovate Donnacha Dennehy in the premiere of a new work commissioned by Carnegie Hall as part of its ongoing 125 Commissions Project.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

HAYDN String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6 (Allegro di molto e scherzando)


Doric String Quartet

Kuss Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, March 24, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Kuss Quartet
·· Jana Kuss, Violin
·· Oliver Wille, Violin
·· William Coleman, Viola
·· Mikayel Hakhnazaryan, Cello

Program

HAYDN Selections from The Seven Last Words of Christ
·· Introduction and Sonata I
·· Sonata V
·· Il terremoto
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Selections from Pulse Shadows
·· Frieze 2
·· Fantastia 3
·· Frieze 1
THOMAS ADÈS Selections from Arcadiana for String Quartet, Op. 12
·· O Albion
·· Lethe
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

Encores:
TCHAIKOVSKY "Sweet Dreams," Op. 39, No. 21
TCHAIKOVSKY "Old French Song," Op. 39, No. 16
An award-winning ensemble, the Kuss Quartet is known for its zest for experimentation. Whether shining new light on a beloved classic by revealing the qualities that made it groundbreaking in its day, or premiering new music, the ensemble is constantly expanding the boundaries of the string quartet.

Part of Salon Encores.

Listen

SCHUBERT String Quartet in G Major, D. 887 (Allegro molto moderato)


Kuss Quartet

Miró Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Miró Quartet
·· Daniel Ching, Violin
·· William Fedkenheuer, Violin
·· John Largess, Viola
·· Joshua Gindele, Cello

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131
String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, with Große Fuge, Op. 133
The New York Times called the Miró Quartet a group that plays with “explosive vigor and technical finesse,” and the Houston Chronicle praised its “refinement, drama, and adventure.” The exciting quartet returns to Carnegie Hall for a concert that reveals the innovation and impassioned power of Beethoven’s late string quartets.

Part of Salon Encores.