January 18, 2020

7:30 pm | Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall

Concert Overview

String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18 No. 6

Haydn was known as the ‘father of the string quartet,’ and in many ways this is Beethoven’s nod to the composer’s contributions. However there is no mistaking the final movement for anyone other than Beethoven.

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 74 "Harp"

Nicknamed for the plucking sound of the viola and cello in the first movement, this quartet was written with a truly symphonic sound that mirrored his 5th Symphony.

String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127

The first of the ‘late’ quartets, this piece has an odd nature of contrast. In form and structure it is deeply rooted in the Classical period, and yet the richness of sound is something new.

Suggested Performances

Concert for Three Violins and Orchestra

Bach’s towering genius is evident in all of his music, but his Concerto for Three Violins is often overlooked to the Two Violin version. This work is no less deserving of a place in the repertoire.

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The Ehnes Quartet plays Beethoven

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, the Ehnes Quartet will play all of Beethoven’s string quartets, including the second of the famed “Razumovsky” set.

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Brahms String Quintets

Brahms was notoriously slow to finish compositions, and after changing the instrumentation for the Op. 88 multiple times, he completed what he claimed was one of his most beautiful scores.

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