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September 15, 2013

The American String Quartet

Join us on Sunday, September 15th at 3PM at the Cyr Center in Stamford for the sixth concert of our 27th Season, when it is our great privilege to present the American String Quartet.

This highly acclaimed ensemble is known to us through cellist Wolfram Koessel, who has performed at the Cyr Center a number of times with various groups but never before with the ASQ. A friend of our own Ilkka Kalliomaa (long-time board member and past President for several terms), Mr. Koessel came to our rescue in 2011 when he helped organize on very short notice the amazing ensemble that performed for the Friends of Music Silver Jubilee celebration. We are equally grateful that he convinced his colleagues in the Quartet to perform for us in Stamford this year.

The American String Quartet had an amazing beginning. Formed when its founding members were students at the Juilliard School in New York City, in 1974 the group won both the Coleman Competition and the Naumberg Chamber Music Award. Thirty-nine seasons later they are internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, busy with performances and sought after for collaborations by many leading artists and composers.

The Press has lauded the ASQ for their “Luxurious, beautifully sculptured performances” (The New York Times) with critiques including “The American String Quartet’s program was, simply put, a comprehensive display of ensemble mastery, of passion, precision and interpretive smarts in near perfect synchrony” (The Los Angeles Times) and “The program was played as skillfully as it was constructed, with a finely calculated ensemble sound in which each player showed considerable individuality but all blended their strengths into a fine balance” (The Washington Post). The group is highly touted in Europe as well, with praise such as “The finesse, the thoughtfulness and depth of the performance could not be surpassed” (Berliner Morgenpost) and “Even by European standards, they are perfect” (Tiroler Tageszeitung, Innsbruck, Austria).

 
 
photo of the American String Quartet

The American String Quartet (left to right, top to bottom): Peter Winograd, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Laurie Carney, violin; Wolfram Koessel, cello. Photo by Peter Schaaf.

While their performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok and Mozart have been critically acclaimed, the American String Quartet also champions contemporary music. They have commissioned and premiered works by composers including Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, Kenneth Fuchs, Tobias Picker and George Tsontakis.

The Quartet has recorded works by Adam, Corigliano, Danielpour, Dvorak, Fuchs, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Tsontakis on the Albany, CRI, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch and RCA labels. The ASQ’s recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradivarius instruments (originally released by MusicMasters and again in 2008 by Nimbus Records) are widely held to set the standard for this repertoire. According to the American Record Guide “String quartet recordings don’t get much better than this” and The Strad concurs “If you are going to call yourself the American String Quartet, you need to be able to live up to your name.… I cannot think of another U.S. ensemble capable of making recordings as sustainedly stylish and beautiful as these.”

Their innovative programming and creative approach to education has led to notable residencies throughout the country. The American String Quartet continues as quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music (1984–present) and the Aspen Music Festival (1974–present).

Click here to read more about the artists, or for additional information, to listen to examples of their work and to read more of what the Press has to say about the group, please visit their Web site at americanstringquartet.com.

 
September 15, 2013
American String Quartet
Peter Winograd, violin
Laurie Carney, violin
Daniel Avshalomov, viola
Wolfram Koessel, cello
Program
 

String Quartet No. 62 in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 (ca. 1796) ……………

Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

 

I.
II.
III.
IV.

Allegro
Poco adagio; cantabile
Menuetto. Allegro
Finale. Presto

 

String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (ca. 1810) ……………………

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)

 

I.
II.
III.
IV.

Allegro con brio
Allegretto ma non troppo
Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
Larghetto espressivo; Allegretto agitato; Allegro

Intermission

Quartet in F major (1903) …………………………………………………………

Maurice Ravel (1875 -1937)

 

I.
II.
III.
IV.

Allegro moderato. Très doux
Assez vif. Très rythmé
Très lent
Vif et agité

 

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