A Recital by the Pacifica QuartetBack To Calendar
With special thanks to Jane and Bill Frazer
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MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 13
SCHOENBERG: String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp minor, op. 10
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 3 in F major, op. 73
Celebrated by The New York Times for its “remarkable expressive range and tonal beauty,” the Pacifica Quartet offers works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and a revolutionary work by Schoenberg.
One of Mendelssohn’s most passionate works, the A minor Quartet is one of the earliest and most significant examples of cyclic form in music. Written when he was eighteen, it was Mendelssohn’s first mature string quartet. Schoenberg’s Second Quartet was written during a very emotional time in his life when his wife left him for an affair with their friend and neighbor, the artist Richard Gerstl. The work is dedicated to her and incorporates a soprano part into the last two movements. Shostakovich’s Third String Quartet was composed in 1946 after his Symphony No. 9 was censured by Soviet authorities. The Third Quartet is a large, symphonic work and is known as one of the compositions with which Shostakovich was the most pleased.