CASSATT STRING QUARTET05/20/2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan
Muneko Otani, violin; Jennifer Leshnower, violin; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello
BORODIN: String Quartet No. 2 in D major
SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in F major, Op. 135
The Manhattan-based Cassatt Quartet “an extraordinary quartet” (The New York Times) and a Treetops CMS regular, returns for a monumental program of diverse and beloved quartets honoring the Cassatt Quartet’s mentor, Paul Brunner. Borodin’s quartet is unforgettable for the lyrical and amorous tone it sets from the beginning, and for its third movement, the tender Notturno, which is one of the best-known movements in the entire string quartet literature, having been arranged for orchestra (and Broadway!). In stark contrast, Shostakovich’s eighth quartet, composed “in memory of the victims of fascism and war,” is a tour de force in five movements, played without interruption, including many quotes from the composer’s previous works. Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 135, his sixteenth and last complete string quartet, marks a departure point from the rest of his late quartets, which displayed enormous emotional intensity. In his Op. 135 Beethoven introduces a deeper sense of calmness and relaxed geniality.