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Sneak Peek: Ebène Quartet Plays Bartók’s Third String Quartet

Distinguished by its youth, open-mindedness, and versatility, France’s Ebène Quartet performs a program of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Bartók in Zankel Hall on April 8. The ensemble released the first three Bartók quartets on the French Mirare label in 2007, and perform the String Quartet No. 3 on the night.

Composed in the summer of 1927, Bartók’s third quartet was influenced by the imaginatively colored sound world of Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. What Theodor Adorno called the quartet’s “iron concentration” and “wholly original tectonics” are reflected in its highly compressed single-movement form.



Excerpt from Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 (I. Lento) | Ebène Quartet, Mirare


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