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Duke Arts Presents

Brentano String Quartet

Saturday, September 26, 2015 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium

Over the course of twenty years, the Brentano String Quartet have built a broad discography encompassing the central European canon and new music alike, earning a reputation as one of America’s great veteran ensembles. Recently succeeding the Tokyo Quartet as Artists-in-Residence at Yale, the Brentano are known for their “luxuriously warm sound and yearning lyricism” (The New York Times).

The evening opens with selections from Bach’s Art of the Fugue, a landmark collection over which the composer labored in the last decade of his life and left unfinished. These experiments in form remain a pinnacle of contrapuntal writing, and have been transcribed for dozens of different ensembles. The complexity of Bach serves as a context for both the early lyricism of Mendelssohn’s op. 12 and the mature passion of Brahms’ op. 67.


J.S. Bach: Selections from Art of the Fugue
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, op. 12
Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, op. 67