By Edith Eisler
During this choice of in-depth interviews, present day top performers get to the center of 1 of the main liked varieties 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 existence during this sequence of showing interviews with participant and constitution Strings journal contributor Edith Eisler.
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At their 20th-anniversary concert in May, they will premiere a quartet written for them by Kenneth Fuchs. They have commissioned and premiered works by a number of other American composers as well: Claus Adam, Thomas Oboe Lee, and the Fourth Quartet by George Tsontakis, all of which won the Kennedy Center’s Friedheim Award. “We’ve known Tsontakis since our school days,” says Avshalomov, “and we always wanted to commission a piece from him. His style is in the friendlier category of contemporary music.
Then there’s Stravinsky and Bartók for contrast, and Webern, who was both romantic and intellectual and provided a bridge to the 20th century. And the first program includes Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, which is really pre–20th-century and is also a transitional work. Joining us for this are Eric Shumsky, the son of our teacher Oscar Shumsky, on viola, and Roberta Cooper, Gene Drucker’s wife, on cello. The second year will cover the other three Op. 18s and all the late quartets of Beethoven, coupled with Ives, Berg’s Lyric Suite, Shostakovich, and Wolfgang Rhim.
The success of that coupling sparked the Emerson’s latest project: an eight-concert series over two seasons at Alice Tully Hall, combining the complete Beethoven quartets with masterpieces of the 20th century. “Beethoven was so much ahead of his time that his music is a bridge not only to the 19th, but also the 20th century,” Drucker says. ” Setzer explains the programs in some detail. “The first year, we’re concentrating on Beethoven’s early and middle periods: three Op. 18s, starting with his first one, No.
21st-Century String Quartets, Vol. 1 by Edith Eisler