By Edith Eisler
During this number of in-depth interviews, latest top performers get to the center of 1 of the main liked types of classical tune: the string quartet. Representing either younger teams and longstanding favorites, all of them have insights into the fun and hardships of expressing themselves as a part of a tight-knit ensemble. How they perform, how they arrive to consensus, their functionality secrets and techniques and anxieties, what strikes and conjures up them - all this and extra involves lifestyles during this sequence of unveiling interviews with participant and constitution Strings journal contributor Edith Eisler.
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The 1991–92 concert series was notable not only for the scope of its programming, which ranged from Mozart to Schoenberg, and the admirable technical, musical, and expressive quality of the performances, but for introducing New York audiences to a remarkable set of instruments. “We’ve had the great good fortune to be loaned, from time to time, four Stradivaris which belong to Dr. Herbert Axelrod, the famous ichthyologist [fish expert],” says Avshalomov. The instruments are the 1687 “Ole Bull” and the 1709 “Greffuhle” violins, the “Marylebone” cello of 1688, and the 1695 “Herbert Axelrod” viola.
Setzer adds, “Let’s say the pieces we talked about are no more important than the rest, but by choosing some that had a personal aspect, we hoped to bring the audience in closer contact with Beethoven himself. Of course many composers have used the string quartet as a vehicle for their deepest, most intimate feelings; there are passages in the Beethoven quartets that are so personal that I feel like an intruder trespassing on his privacy. ” Did they attempt an explanation of the Grosse Fuge, the most intimidating movement of all?
Debussy: Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10; Ravel: Quartet in F (DG 427 320). Dvorák: Quartet in E-Flat, Op. 87; Quintet in A, Op. 81. With Menahem Pressler, piano. (DG 439 868). Dvorák: Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96; Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life” (DG 429 723). Dvorák: Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, “American”; Smetana: Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life”; Brahms: Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 51; Schumann: Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3; Borodin: Quartet No. 2 in D; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No.
21st-Century String Quartets, Vol. 1 by Edith Eisler