Duke Performances

St. Lawrence String Quartet

Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium


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According to the LA Times, the St. Lawrence String Quartet “brings flexibility, dramatic fire, and a hint of rock’n’roll energy.” Revered internationally, this Canadian ensemble has been the quartet in residence at Stanford University since 1998.

In the past several years, this ensemble has begun every concert with a quartet by Haydn, the composer who essentially invented the string quartet genre. Opus 76, #4, is named the “Sunrise” because of the ascending theme rising over sustained chords that opens the piece.

Erich Korngold, a Jewish Austrian child prodigy as composer, escaped the Hitler invasion by having agreed to move to Hollywood to write scores for films. His fabulous success in Hollywood has made history undervalue his strictly classical works, which are of very high quality indeed. He returned to composing chamber music after he retired from filmwork.

The program concludes with one of the string quartet genre’s greatest masterpieces, Beethoven’s earnest, introspective, and reverential Opus 132.

Program

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 76, no. 4 “Sunrise”

Korngold: String Quartet #3 in D Major, op. 34

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, op. 132

St. Lawrence String Quartet appears by arrangement with David Rowe Artists.

SLSQ Haydn Festival: Op. 76 no. 1 Live from MemChu


“A rare gift for combining interpretive spontaneity and fierce musical commitment."

The New York Times