Mark Steinberg VIOLIN
Serena Canin VIOLIN
Misha Amory VIOLA
Nina Lee CELLO
PURCELL Four Fantasias
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in G Op.18 No.2
BRAHMS String Quartet in A minor Op.51 No.2
The US-based Brentano Quartet celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, and those twenty years have been full of performances across the globe, including at Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House.
“A greater musical genius England never had,” wrote a contemporary of Henry Purcell. The composer was obsessed with counterpoint, and his Fantasias, a cornerstone of early string repertoire, are the result of this passion.
Brahms felt very much in the shadow of Beethoven and it was not until 1873, under pressure from his publisher and encouragement from his friends Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim, that he allowed his Op.51 quartets to be published. They are contrasting pieces, the tenderness of the second, played here, juxtaposed with the ruggedness of the first.
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