November 11, 2017 | 8 pm
Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. $10 Duke student tickets and $20 tickets for patrons ages 30 and under will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Named for Amedeo Modigliani, the Italian portraitist and sculptor who came into his own following a midlife move to France, the rapturous Modigliani Quartet embraces a wide range of repertoire. Ever since these four close friends formed the quartet in 2003 after studying at the famed Paris Conservatoire, they have recorded widely in the standard repertoire and brought to light works by many lesser-known composers. Such versatility has earned high praise, too: according to The Sydney Morning Herald, the Modigliani is “stylish but not faddish, infused with fine shades and ineffable sophistication.”
In Durham, the Modigliani concentrates on the romantic strain, beginning with the Schubert “Quartettsatz” — the spirited first movement of an unfinished quartet — and Brahms’ halting and haunting Quartet in C Minor. Though best known for his operas, Puccini often wrote for string quartet; the Modigliani delivers his elegiac masterpiece, the heartrending Crisantemi. The program closes with Mendelssohn’s Sixth String Quartet, an emotionally turbulent work written shortly after the death of his sister, the composer and pianist Fanny Mendelssohn.
Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C Minor, D. 703 (“Quartettsatz”)
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, op. 51, no. 1
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F Minor, op. 80
“A performance of shimmering, magical beauty, nuanced interpretation, and total coherence among the players."