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Bartók, Finzi & Brahms

Wang Chamber Music Series

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Chamber Music

Bartók – String Quartet No. 3
  Prima parte: Moderato
  Seconda parte: Allegro
  Recapitulazione della prima parte: Moderato
  Coda: Allegro molto
    Geoffrey Day, Daniela Shtéreva, violin
    John T. Posadas, viola
    Adam Satinsky, cello

Finzi – Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet, Op. 21
    Judy Christy, oboe
    David Mastrangelo, Marlena Chow, violin
    Lisa Mattson, viola
    Thomas May, cello

Brahms – String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2
  Allegro non troppo
  Andante moderato
  Quasi Minuetto, moderato
  Finale: Allegro non assai
    Patrick Neal, Jennifer Kozbial Posadas, violin
    Glenn Loontjens, viola
    Susan Bergeron, cello

The inaugural Wang Chamber Music Series opens with a combination of late 19th and early 20th century works that remain influential today. The program begins with Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3. Played in one continuous stretch with no breaks, the quartet draws its inspiration from Hungarian folk music and showcases a number of extended instrumental techniques, including the “Bartók pizzicato,” the plucking of strings so that they rebound against the instrument’s fingerboard. The program continues with British composer Gerald Finzi’s Interlude for oboe and string quartet, an intimate and deeply introspective work that rewards players and audiences alike with its expressive power. Finzi’s composition is followed by Brahms’ String Quartet Op. 51 No. 2, a work that Brahms only allowed to be published after reportedly destroying twenty string quartets before it. Brahms’ quartets have been credited with revitalizing the form, which many felt had stagnated since Beethoven’s era, and directly inspiring Bartók’s entry into the oeuvre.

Sponsored by a generous gift from David & Cecile Wang.

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