Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Lecture at 6:30 p.m. and available online
Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Brendan Speltz, violin
Pierre Lapointe, viola
Brook Speltz, cello
Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 71, No. 2
Bartok: Quartet No. 4, Sz. 91
Dvorak: Quartet in C Major, Op. 61
“Eloquent, full-blooded playing ... The four players offer a beautiful blend of individuality and accord”
– BBC Music Magazine
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as season artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
The 2021-2022 season finds the Escher Quartet touring the U.S. extensively, performing in numerous cities and venues including New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Rockefeller University, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, La Jolla Music Society, Savannah Music Festival, and Chamber Music Society of Detroit. Internationally, the quartet returns to Wigmore Hall in London and the Sociedad Filarmonica de Bilbao.
The Escher Quartet has made a distinct impression throughout Europe, with recent debuts including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London's Kings Place, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Les Grands Interpretes Geneva, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Auditorium du Louvre. Alongside its growing European profile, the Escher Quartet continues to flourish at home, performing at the Aspen Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, Music at Menlo, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and many more.
Recordings of the complete Mendelssohn quartets and beloved romantic quartets of Dvorak, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky were released on the BIS label in 2015-18 and received with the highest acclaim. The Escher's most recent recording, the complete quartets of Charles Ives and Samuel Barber, was met with equal excitement (Strad Magazine called it "a first-rate release all around"). The Quartet has also recorded the complete Zemlinsky string quartets in two volumes, released on the Naxos label.
The Escher Quartet takes its name from the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher, inspired by Escher's method of interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.
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