The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for audiences, which from one concert to the next have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says. “That is the ‘real thing’, because we ourselves never know what will happen. On the stage, all imitation disappears, and you automatically become honest with yourself. Then you can create a bond with the audience – communicate with it in music.”The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.The Schumann Quartet will perform:
- Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat major, Op.18, No.6 (1799-1800)
The Escher Quartet will perform:
- Samuel Barber: String Quartet in B minor, Op.11 (1935-6)
The Schumann and the Escher Quartets will perform together:
- Felix Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op.20 (1825)
Please join us for a coffee and cookie reception beginning at 6:30 pm as well as a pre-concert lecture at 6:45 pm.