Carnegie Hall Presents

Quartets Plus

Lyricism, intensity, and innovation are the hallmarks of Mozart, Brahms, Puccini, and Grieg—just some of the composers showcased in this series. Presented in the intimate Weill Recital Hall, works by these composers and others are performed by the finest string quartets.
October 20, 2017
Borromeo String Quartet
November 10, 2017
Modigliani Quartet
February 16, 2018
Apollon Musagète Quartet
March 9, 2018
Elias String Quartet

Borromeo String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, October 20, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Borromeo String Quartet
·· Nicholas Kitchen, Violin
·· Kristopher Tong, Violin
·· Mai Motobuchi, Viola
·· Yeesun Kim, Cello
Dov Scheindlin, Viola

Program

BACH Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I (NY Premiere, arr. Nicholas Kitchen)
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13
SEBASTIAN CURRIER Etude 6, "Velocities" from Etudes and Lullabies (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SEBASTIAN CURRIER Lullaby 2, "Dreaming" from Etudes and Lullabies (World Premiere, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
SCHUMANN String Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3
Due to an injury, violist Mai Motobuchi must regretfully withdraw from this performance. Dov Scheindlin will perform in her place.

The Borromeo String Quartet “performed at a high standard that brought you so deeply into the music’s inner workings that you wondered if your brain could take it all in” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The foursome returns to Carnegie Hall for a program of impassioned quartets from the Romantic period by Mendelssohn and Schumann; the New York premiere of arranged selections from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; and a new work by Sebastian Currier co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall.

Part of Salon Encores.

Modigliani Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, November 10, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Modigliani Quartet
·· Amaury Coeytaux, Violin
·· Loïc Rio, Violin
·· Laurent Marfaing, Viola
·· François Kieffer, Cello

Program

PUCCINI Crisantemi
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor
SAINT-SAËNS String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor
Quartets by two composers not primarily known for chamber music bookend a restless work by Brahms. Puccini composed his emotionally intense Crisantemi as an elegy for a nobleman and used it later in his opera Manon Lescaut. The challenging first violin part of Saint-Saëns’s String Quartet in E Minor was written for virtuoso violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, but it is also memorable for its eloquent slow movement and scherzo with lively variations on a Breton folk song. The edgy quality of Brahms’s String Quartet No. 1 is balanced by sublime lyricism and dramatic fire in its finale.

Part of Salon Encores.

Apollon Musagète Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, February 16, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Apollon Musagète Quartet
·· Paweł Zalejski, Violin
·· Bartosz Zachłod, Violin
·· Piotr Szumiel, Viola
·· Piotr Skweres, Cello

Program

SIBELIUS Andante festivo
MOZART String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
GRIEG String Quartet in G Minor
The quiet solemnity and stately tread of Sibelius’s Andante festivo lifts it above the event for which it was composed: the anniversary of a Finnish factory. The unorthodox harmonies in the opening bars of Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major confounded his contemporaries and inspired its “Dissonance” nickname. That aside, its brilliant construction, lyricism, and joy make it one of the composer’s finest works. Powerful, lush, melodious, reliant on forward-looking harmonies, and crafted with linked thematic elements, Grieg’s String Quartet in G Minor anticipates the music of the future.

Part of Salon Encores.

Elias String Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
Friday, March 9, 2018 | 7:30 PM

Performers

Elias String Quartet
·· Sara Bitlloch, Violin
·· Donald Grant, Violin
·· Martin Saving, Viola
·· Marie Bitlloch, Cello

Program

SCHUBERT Quartettsatz in C Minor
JANÁČEK String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127
Tensions, passions, and daring tonal explorations are at the center of this program. Schubert’s brief but powerful Quartettsatz opens in an agitated state; despite its lyrical second theme, it never quite releases its tension. The platonic love for a younger, married woman inspired a flurry of compositional activity in the last years of Janáček’s life. His “Intimate Letters” Quartet is a passionate paean to his love. Beethoven’s String Quartet in E-flat Major—also composed near the end of his life—ventures into new harmonic territories and boasts a set of brilliant second-movement variations on a noble theme.

Part of Salon Encores.