Mark Steinberg, violin | Serena Canin, violin | Misha Amory, viola | Nina Lee, cello
GESUALDO (arr. Adolphe): Five Madrigals
STEPHEN HARTKE: From the Fifth Book (written for the Brentano Quartet)
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No.1 “Razumovsky”
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim, praised for its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every phrase and musical gesture” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
The Quartet has garnered several coveted awards, including the Cleveland Quartet Award, the Naumburg Chamber Music Award as well as the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. Additionally, in 1996, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center invited them to be the inaugural members of Chamber Music Society Two. In recent seasons the Quartet has traveled widely, performing in the most prestigious venues in the United States and abroad. The Brentano Quartet performs a wide range or repertoire from Baroque and Classical repertoire to commissioning new works from contemporary composers. The Quartet has also worked with the celebrated poet Mark Strand, commissioning poetry from him to accompany works of Haydn and Webern, as well as collaborating with such celebrated artists as Jessye Norman, Joyce DiDonato and Richard Goode.
The Quartet has made multiple recordings for Aeon Records, including works of Haydn, Mozart, and all of Beethoven’s late quartets. The group’s upcoming releases include a recording of Schubert’s Cello Quintet. In 1999, the Quartet became the first Ensemble-In-Residence at Princeton University, where they taught and performed for fifteen years, and then became the Resident String Quartet at the Yale School of Music. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.
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