FRANZ SCHUBERT, String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D.810:
The Death and the Maiden motif as told by one of the masters of early Romanticism.
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, String Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73:
A masterful, plastic composition to kindle our imagination.
AMERICAN STRING QUARTET
Bringing together individual geniuses to reach perfection, American String Quartet are one of today’s finest string ensembles.
The internationally renowned American String Quartet are coming to Spain as part of the concert season organised by Centro Botín in Santander. Their versions of the string quartets of Beethoven, Schubert, Schoenberg and Bartók have received ravishing reviews, while their recording of the string quartets by Mozart using Stradivarius instruments is a global reference.
They have been quartet in residence at the Manhattan School of Music in New York since 1984 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1974.
Nineteenth-century Romanticism and twentieth-century Neoclassicism
Vienna-born Franz Schubert and St Petersburg-born Dmitri Shostakovich composed 15 string quartets each. In the case of Schubert, we should add the Quarttetsatz in C-moll (Quartet Movement in C minor). Both have contributed to the world’s finest repertoire of chamber music.
The two quartets chosen for this concert are outstanding on formal and structural terms, as well as because of their intensity and substance. Schubert wrote his String Quartet No. 14 in D minor in 1824, four years before his death. It takes its name from the lied ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’, D 531, a setting of the poem of the same name by Matthias Claudius that Schubert wrote in 1817 which is further developed in exalted variations in the second movement of the quartet. However, the four movements in this musical-cum-literary piece invite the imagination to engage in a powerful dance with death. Likewise, the five movements in Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F major, composed in 1946, reflect his greater freedom from the Stalinist regime. Fluid and filled with dramatic contrasts, this quartet is one of the most brilliant produced by the Russian composer.
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