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Duke Arts Presents

Quatuor Danel

Saturday, April 2, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

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For Quatuor Danel, now celebrating thirty years together, Russian music is a distinct specialty and point of pride. The quartet was the first, for example, to record all 17 of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s stunning string quartets,  single-handedly leading the revival of this Polish Jewish composer’s music, long silenced due to its “degenerate” designation by the Nazi regime. Quatuor Danel’s all-Russian program includes Weinberg’s spirited Quartet No. 9 in F-sharp Minor, op. 80,  as well as the North American premiere of Lera Auerbach’s 2011 Quartet No. 5, “Songs of Alkonost.” They wrap with Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, op. 30, his final quartet and a poignant tribute to Ferdinand Laub, whom Tchaikovsky called “the best violinist of our time.” Quatuor Danel’s skill with this repertoire launched them onto the international stage three decades ago; their explosive power and experienced interpretations are not to be missed.


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Weinberg: Quartet No. 9 in F-sharp Minor, op. 80
Lera Auerbach: Quartet No. 5, “Songs of Alkonost” (North American Premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 3 in E-flat Minor, op. 30

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"These performances by the Quatuor Danel are deftly poised on a knife’s edge between sensuousness and rigour"