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Escher String Quartet 'Schubert 'Quartettsatz''

Escher String Quartet & Dover Quartet

Saturday, September 28, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

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The Escher and Dover quartets — two of the brightest chamber music constellations in America today — share the stage for a rare all-octet program. Both have assembled an impressive number of awards and residencies, and have been lauded for musical maturity that belies their youth: The Escher is “one of the major string quartets playing today” (Bachtrack), and the Dover is “the young American string quartet of the moment” (The New Yorker). This is an exceptional chance to hear their potent forces combined.

The ensembles will perform a program of three works for string octet, each composed by a teenage musical prodigy. Shostakovich’s “Two Pieces” shows the brilliance of the eighteen-year-old composer before his musical imagination became restricted by ideological entanglements with the Soviet Communist Party. The nineteen-year-old Enescu’s tour de force combines traditional forms with untraditional chromaticism. Mendelssohn’s piece — perhaps the best known and well loved of all string octets — was composed when he was only sixteen.


Shostakovich: Prelude & Scherzo: Two Pieces for String Octet, op 11

Enescu: Octet for Strings in C Major, op. 7

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20

“[The Escher String Quartet’s] performances were superb, their concentration and stamina especially remarkable.”

The New York Times

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