Close Encounters with Music: Escher String Quartet | Mendelssohn, Bartók, Beethoven

Saturday, April 15th 2017 at 6:00 pm

Close Encounter with Music (CEwM) ramps up in its spring welcome with a program entitled “The Art of the String Quartet” performed by the Escher String Quartet [Adam Barnett-Hart and Aaron Boyd, violin; Pierre La Pointe, viola; Brook Speltz, 'cello].

Acclaimed for musical insights and rare tonal beauty, and championed by the Emerson String Quartet, the Escher has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia.  They served as BBC New Generation Artists and gave debuts at the BBC Proms, are winners of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and perform as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The “Art of the String Quartet” features three landmark works of the chamber music repertoire:

  • Felix Mendelssohn — String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
  • Béla Bartók — String Quartet No. 3, Sz 35
  • Ludwig van Beethoven — String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 (‘Rasumovsky’)

For this program, they bring their special sheen to Mendelssohn’s gripping Quartet in E minor, opus 80, saturated with poetic melancholy and written in memory of his beloved sister Fannie; to Quartet No. 3 by Bartók, whose string quartets in particular achieve a fusion of folk and Western art music; and Beethoven’s “Razumovsky” Quartet in E minor, opus 59, No. 2, resplendent in its cosmic grandeur. Three landmark works of chamber music delivered by new stars in the quartet firmament.

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VENUE:
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA

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