Brentano Quartet (USA)

Brentano Quartet (USA)

Friday, November 1, 2019 . 8PM

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Brentano Quartet (USA)

The Brentano String Quartet plays everything a great string quartet is “supposed” to play—since forming at Julliard in 1992, Brentano has recorded and played Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and, of course, Haydn, the father of the string quartet. Named for the supposed “Immortal Beloved” of a mysterious Beethoven love letter, Brentano has won prestigious awards including the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Called “brilliant, virtuosic, and still mellow” by Los Angeles Times, these dynamos treat masterpieces with reverence and enthusiasm, rendering performances with equal passion and precision.

A crucial note of distinction for Brentano, though, has been a sharp eye for cohesive if counterintuitive programs. The quartet is prone to surprise, often placing the work of relatively unknown composers with the likes of Brahms and Mozart. After more than a decade in residence at Princeton, Brentano Quartet succeeded the storied Tokyo Quartet in residence at Yale University in 2014—another mark of distinction for this consistently engaging quartet.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K. 428

I. Allegro non troppo

II. Andante con moto

III. Menuetto & Trio

IV. Allegro vivace


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”

I. Allegro con brio

II. Allegretto ma non troppo

III. Allegro assai vivace ma serioso

IV. Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

I. Adagio - Allegro vivace

II. Adagio non lento

III. Intermezzo: Allegro con moto - Allegro di molto

IV. Presto - Adagio non lento