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Duke Arts Presents

Schumann Quartet

Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Baldwin Auditorium

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“Music-making of the highest order,” wrote The Guardian of the three Schumann brothers and violist Liisa Randalu, who together make up the Schumann Quartet. After training with the Alban Berg Quartet in Cologne, the close-knit ensemble entered the classical music scene in 2007 with fanfare and have received numerous accolades since, including  the Newcomer Award at the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards. They pick up the baton from the Belcea Quartet in this Chamber Arts Series, playing the second of Brahms’ op. 51, a more expansive, lyrical piece than the first that also pays homage to Bach with contrapuntal textures throughout. Also on the program is Beethoven’s elegant Quartet No. 5 in A Major, op. 18, modeled directly on Mozart’s quartet in the same key, and Ravel’s first and only string quartet, which was written when the composer was completing his studies at Paris Conservatory, repeatedly striving — and failing — to win first place at the Prix de Rome.

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Beethoven: String Quartet in A Major, op. 18, no. 5
Ravel: Quartet in F
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 51, no. 2

Schumann Quartett spielt Philip Glass "Company"

“Fire and energy. The Schumann Quartet plays staggeringly well... without doubt one of the very best formations among today’s abundance of quartets… with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish”

Süddeutsche Zeitung