Jerusalem Quartet

Saturday, February 14, 2015 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium


The Jerusalem Quartet, enthusiastically received at Duke Performances in 2012, return to Durham with their unique combination of confident energy and exquisite sensitivity. The New York Times hailed the Jerusalem for playing with “passion and a tender sense of ownership.”

The program opens with Haydn’s op. 74, no. 3, a quartet filled with surprises; it is known as the “Rider” for the galloping theme of its final movement. Czech modernist composer Erwin Schulhoff, whose charming Five Pieces for String Quartet draws on a range of dance forms, was one of the first classical composers influenced by jazz and popular dance music. Well known in his day, Schulhoff perished in the Holocaust, and only recently has his work been revived. The concert concludes with Schubert’s anguished masterpiece, “Death and the Maiden.”

Program

Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, op. 74, no. 3 (“Rider”)
Erwin Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”)

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