Episode #560

Ensō String Quartet

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Ensō String Quartet—an acclaimed young foursome whose members hail from England, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States—takes its name from the Japanese Zen circle, a symbol representing many contrasting ideas at once. This week on Saint Paul Sunday we'll discover why their chosen title suits them so well as they perform masterpieces of Haydn and Schumann with what one critic calls "just the right quotient of sass."

Program Details

Franz Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
—II. Un poco Adagio affettuoso
—IV. Presto scherzando

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in D major, Op. 18, No. 3

Robert Schumann: Quartet in A major, Op. 41, No. 3
—I. Andante espressivo: Allegro molto moderato

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