A Recital by the Escher String QuartetBack To Calendar
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MOZART: String Quartet in F major, K. 590
ANDREW NORMAN: ESCHER
SCHUBERT: String Quartet in G major, D. 887, op. posth. 161
Mentored by the legendary Emerson Quartet and now in their fourteenth season, the Escher Quartet takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. Escher’s method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole inspires this dynamic ensemble. Boston Classical Review has praised their playing for its “polished technique, intensity, direction, and dimension.”
The last quartets of Mozart and Schubert bookend the program, which also showcases a new work by Andrew Norman, called “the leading American composer of his generation” by the Los Angeles Times. Mozart was in desperate financial straits in the spring of 1789, so he traveled to Berlin to persuade the King of Prussia to give him a commission. He wrote to his wife Constanze that he’d be returning with money and a commission for six quartets, but there is no record of either. Instead Mozart wrote only three quartets and sold them to a publisher. The third of the so-called “Prussian” quartets shows the composer at the peak of mastery, and in spite of his difficult circumstances, full of good cheer. Every instrument gets equal treatment, like four main characters in an opera. Schubert’s epic last quartet has a dark and sometimes mysterious aspect, with an intense slow movement that moves from aching poignancy to intense pathos. As with Mozart, this quartet has sometimes been called an “opera without words” because of its dramatic quality.
Relish the rich, blended sound of the Escher Quartet in this beautiful and moving program!