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Belcea String Quartet; 10/15/2014


Belcea String Quartet

Corina Belcea-Fisher, violin
Axel Schacher, violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola
Antoine Lederlin, cello
October 15, Wednesday
7:30 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Renowned around the globe for unique, elegant, and refined interpretations, the Belcea Quartet returns to Middlebury with a program including Mozart’s F Major quartet, Brahms’s Quartet in C Minor, and Schubert’s Rosamunde quartet. “The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo”—The Guardian of London. Professor Greg Vitercik, chair of the music department, offers a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 PM in Room 125. Sponsored by thePerforming Arts Series and anonymous PASS members in honor of Paul Nelson. Reserved Seating.

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Photo Ronald Knapp

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The Belcea Quartet perform Beethoven's op. 131 at the Wiener Konzerthaus


MOZART String Quartet no. 23 in F Major, K. 590

BRAHMS String Quartet no. 1 in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1

SCHUBERT String Quartet no. 13 in A Minor, D. 804 "Rosamunde"


Belcea Quartet

Corina Belcea, violin

Axel Schacher, violin

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Antoine Lederlin, cello

“What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits and to learn the truth about himself in this process.”

What the Belcea Quartet writes in the preface to its recording of the complete Beethoven String Quartets could also be described as their artistic creed. These musicians are not confined by traditional boundaries. It is perhaps the very fact of their diverse cultural backgrounds that is behind their dynamic and free interpretative style. Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, the quartet is based in Great Britain. However, the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, the two founder members, bring a very different artistic provenance to the ensemble while drawing from the best traditions of string quartet playing received from the quartet's mentors: the members of the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets. This spectrum is extended by the French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (violoncello). The Belcea Quartet blends its diverse influences into a common musical language.

This diversity is reflected in the Belcea Quartet's repertoire. Regular world premieres - among them Mark-Anthony Turnage's string quartet, Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad, in 2010 - go hand-in-hand with its profound connection with the great works of the Classical and Romantic periods.

The quartet's open-minded approach to music invariably enables it to find its own unique, elegant and refined interpretations of the main string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly to great acclaim in concert halls across the world: among them the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Quartet also appears regularly at the Salzburg, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Fröst, Valentin Erben, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne.

The Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010. It is also Quartet in Residence at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The musicians recently created their very own Belcea Quartet Trust, whose main aims are to support and inspire young string quartets through series of intensive coaching sessions organized according to the needs of each selected ensemble, as well as to support commissioning of new works from today's leading composers to be premiered by the quartet in the future.

The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape, England. This recording was released under ZigZag Territoires, the quartet’s new label. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical acclaim: it has been recognized with such prizes as the ECHO Klassik Award.

The Belcea Quartet's performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at Vienna's Konzerthaus were filmed in May 2012 and will be released on blue ray in autumn 2014, accompanied by Jean-Claude Mocik's documentary of the entire project, “Looking for Beethoven.”

In the 2014/2015 season, the Belcea Quartet continues its high-profile engagements in the world's leading concert halls such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and New York's Carnegie Hall, as well as a return visit to Stockholm's Konserthus, with “Brahms and the Two Viennese Schools.” In December 2014, the quartet will give the world premiere of a new work by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Contusion. Autumn 2015 will mark the beginning of the quartet's 20th anniversary celebrations.

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Press Quotes

“The Belceas still play like a young quartet, seizing the music’s energy, shocking us out of our seats with every fortissimo.”--The Guardian

“A world-class ensemble…”--Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 23 September 2008

"...Though barely older than Schubert at the time of his death, the Belcea players gave us playing and interpretation of the highest imaginable standard throughout this demanding program...String quartet playing at this phenomenally high level is a rare experience and one to treasure…"--Crosscut Seattle

"..The Belcea Quartet...brightly illuminated the masterworks they had selected, and shone throughout an evening that was an object lesson in fine ensemble playing…"--review, Vancouver

"The Belcea Quartet... is without question one of the best of the younger quartets...Their playing is artistically sound and technically assured. They bring polish and eloquence to their interpretations — (their playing) is expressive, well-defined, multi-dimensional and irresistibly dynamic and compelling..."--Desert Morning News, Salt Lake City

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