Escher String Quartet
March 8, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Escher String Quartet
Currently one of the BBC’s prestigious New Generation Artists, the Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, unparalleled artistry, and unique cohesiveness. “Put simply, this group has all the qualities necessary to be the next Emerson or Juilliard Quartet . . . rare musical insight and a profound level of cohesion”—Denver Post. The concert program includes Beethoven's second "Razumovsky" quartet, Britten’s Quartet No. 3 in D, and Mendelssohn’s op. 44/1. This free Performing Arts Series concert is made possible with generous support from the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of F. William Sunderman Jr. and Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman. Free; no tickets required.
Pre-concert Talk for PASS Members
7:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Room 221
Members of the Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) are invited to a pre-concert talk about the music being performed by the Escher String Quartet, given by Professor Greg Vitercik of the Department of Music. Enjoy a backstage peek into the pre-concert experience. A members-only event. Free
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59/2 "Razumovsky"
II. Molto Adagio. Si tratta questo pezzo con molto di sentimento (E major)
III. Allegretto – Maggiore (Thème russe)
IV. Finale. Presto
BRITTEN String Quartet No. 3, Op.94
Recitative and Passacaglia
MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op.44/1
Molto allegro vivace
Menuetto: Un poco Allegretto
Andante espressivo ma con moto
Presto con brio
Escher String Quartet
Adam Barnett-Hart & Aaron Boyd, Violins
Pierre Lapointe, Viola
Dane Johansen, Cello
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its individual sound, inspired artistic decisions and unique cohesiveness. Championed by members of the Emerson String Quartet, the group were proud to be BBC New Generation Artists for 2010-2012. Having completed a three-year residency as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “CMS Two” programme, the ensemble has already performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world including Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Symphony Space in New York, Kennedy Center, the Louvre, Ravinia and Caramoor Festivals, Music@Menlo, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, the City of London Festival and a tour of China including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.
Within months of its inception in 2005, the Escher String Quartet was invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be the quartet-in-residence at each artist's summer festival: The Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre and The Perlman Chamber Music Program on Shelter Island, NY. The Eschers have since collaborated with artists such as Andrés Diaz, Lawrence Dutton, Kurt Elling, David Finckel, Leon Fleisher, Vadim Gluzman, Benjamin Grosvenor, Wu Han, Gary Hoffman, Joseph Kalichstein, David Shifrin, Joseph Silverstein, and Pinchas Zukerman. In August 2012 the Quartet gave their BBC Proms debut, performing Hugh Wood’s 4th String Quartet.
In 2012-2013 the Quartet will complete their final BBC New Generation Artists recording project in London, as well as returning to the Wigmore Hall following their successful debut there in February 2012. They will continue their relationship with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, curating and performing a series of concerts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth. Their tours in Europe include a date with the prestigious Agence de concerts et spectacles Cecilia in Geneva, their Austrian debut in Eisenstadt, and concerts at several UK festivals including Paxton and Gregynog.
2012-2013 releases include the complete Zemlinsky Quartets on Naxos; the Escher String Quartet will also record the complete Mendelssohn Quartets for release by BIS. Their previous recordings include ‘Stony Brook Soundings’ Vol. 1 (Bridge Records), which features the quartet in the premiere recordings of five new works. Other recordings include the Amy Beach Piano Quintet with Anne-Marie McDermott for the CMS Studio Recordings label.
The Escher String Quartet takes its name from Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and draws inspiration from the artist’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
Ensemble website: http://www.escherquartet.com
"Finely honed technique and a focused ensemble blend are this group's strong suits...
a dark ambrosial brew all its own." --The Boston Globe