String Quartets

Beethoven and Schnittke in Boston with the Danish String Quartet

At Jordan Hall in Boston this past Saturday, the Danish String Quartet offered spotless performances of two Beethoven quartets. There’s not much that can stand up to Beethoven, but the group made a persuasive and unflustered case for Schnittke.

Beethoven and Schnittke in Boston with the Danish String Quartet

At Jordan Hall in Boston this past Saturday, the Danish String Quartet offered spotless performances of two Beethoven quartets. There’s not much that can stand up to Beethoven, but the group made a persuasive and unflustered case for Schnittke.

Shostakovich & Schubert: An Odd Coupling?

Two string quartet concerts at Zankel Hall in October: the Belcea Quartet and the Danish String Quartet.

Shostakovich & Schubert: An Odd Coupling?

Two string quartet concerts at Zankel Hall in October: the Belcea Quartet and the Danish String Quartet.

String Theory 18: Bundled Quartets and a few Trios

I imagine that Gorton enjoys a good joke. In Fosdyke Wash, a sighing cello part is marked “like distant agricultural machinery.” At that point, the cello sounds like a mewling chainsaw at a far remove.

String Theory 18: Bundled Quartets and a few Trios

I imagine that Gorton enjoys a good joke. In Fosdyke Wash, a sighing cello part is marked “like distant agricultural machinery.” At that point, the cello sounds like a mewling chainsaw at a far remove.

String Theory 17: 21 String Quartets

The versatile Kreutzer Quartet takes a whirl in the time machine and journeys to Australia for four string quartets composed between 1964 and ‘75.

String Theory 17: 21 String Quartets

The versatile Kreutzer Quartet takes a whirl in the time machine and journeys to Australia for four string quartets composed between 1964 and ‘75.

String Theory 16: 17 Quartets, some with voices, tapes, etc.

After wrestling with Schnittke, the Molinari get into the ring with Gubaidulina.

String Theory 16: 17 Quartets, some with voices, tapes, etc.

After wrestling with Schnittke, the Molinari get into the ring with Gubaidulina.

String Theory 15: Piano Trios, Quartets and Quintets, etc.

This two-CD set’s anchor is the big Piano Quintet, whose music went missing after initial performances. The autograph score was delivered anonymously to the Schnabel archive in 2001 and this is its first recording. At three movements spanning 55 minutes, it’s a monster.

String Theory 15: Piano Trios, Quartets and Quintets, etc.

This two-CD set’s anchor is the big Piano Quintet, whose music went missing after initial performances. The autograph score was delivered anonymously to the Schnabel archive in 2001 and this is its first recording. At three movements spanning 55 minutes, it’s a monster.

String Theory 14: 28 Quartets, etc.

The 1918 quartet titled Rosengaardsspil arranges Classical and Romantic gestures like appliques on faded wallpaper. Langgaard dashed off the Italian Scherzo in 30 minutes on the morning of October 21, 1950.

String Theory 14: 28 Quartets, etc.

The 1918 quartet titled Rosengaardsspil arranges Classical and Romantic gestures like appliques on faded wallpaper. Langgaard dashed off the Italian Scherzo in 30 minutes on the morning of October 21, 1950.

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

String Theory 13: 19 Quartets, etc.

As a collection, Cage’s string quartets permit an ensemble to explore different ways of collaborating. Here the Bozzinis demonstrate their impressive range, playing together, apart and indifferently.

String Theory 10: 23 Quartets, etc.

Schnittke’s four make a mismatched family.

String Theory 10: 23 Quartets, etc.

Schnittke’s four make a mismatched family.

String Theory 9: 30 Quartets, etc.

As we’d expect from a seasoned musician, Ramsay’s quartets reveal a deep understanding of and admiration for the genre’s giants.

String Theory 9: 30 Quartets, etc.

As we’d expect from a seasoned musician, Ramsay’s quartets reveal a deep understanding of and admiration for the genre’s giants.