03/25/2018 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan


Oliver Heath, violin; Sara Wolstenholme, violin; Gary Pomeroy, viola; Chris Murray, cello

HAYDN: String Quartet in C major, Op 74, No. 1
WIDMANN: String Quartet No 4
TCHAIKOVSKY: String Quartet in D major, Op. 11

The Heath Quartet from London comes to town for a Lincoln Center Great Performers concert and its debut at Treetops CMS. Praised for its “unforced beauty and tremulous tension” (The Times) and “exquisite tenderness” (The Telegraph), the Heath Quartet has won the coveted 2016 Gramophone Chamber Award. Their program opens with one of Haydn’s groundbreaking “Apponyi Quartets,” composed after Haydn’s first trip to London in 1790. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet, subtitled “Accordion” for its opening chords, includes the famous second movement, inspired by a Russian Folk song, which has been arranged for every conceivable instrumentation. The discovery work in the program is Jörg Widmann’s String Quartet No 4, which the The Guardian describes as “astoundingly virtuosic stuff, mentally and musically, and jaw-droppingly beautiful at times.”