Henschel Quartet

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Monday, July 19, 2010

In 1994 the Henschel siblings, with cellist Mathias Beyer-Karlshøj, formed the Henschel Quartet. Since then, the ensemble has won many international chamber music prizes, including awards at the Charles Hennen Concours in the Netherlands, the Mozart Competition in Salzburg, the Evian Competition in France, the Banff Competition in Canada and the Chamber Music Competition in Osaka.

The quartet gives more than one hundred concerts a year and makes regular appearances at festivals in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and presents its own festival in the old monastery of Seligenstadt in its native country, Germany.  Its performances have been widely broadcast. 

The group’s discography includes works of Respighi and Schulhoff for Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven and Schubert on the Arte Nova/Sony BMG label, Mozart for the EMI Debut Series, Max Bruch’s newly discovered string quintet for NEOS Music, and Mendelssohn’s complete string quartets.  The quartet’s teaching activities take them to major conservatories at home and abroad.  On March 18 the quartet performed for Pope Benedict XVI and other notable prelates in the  Sala Clementina, an anteroom leading to the papal apartments.  The Henschel Quartet made its New York debut at The Frick Collection in 2000.

Playlist

QUARTET NO. 1 (1924)

Erwin Schulhoff (1894–1942)

Presto con fuoco
Allegro giocoso alla Slovacca
Andante molto sostenuto

QUARTET OPUS 11 (1936)

Samuel Barber (1910–1981)

Molto allegro e appassionato
Molto adagio
Molto allegro

QUARTET IN G MAJOR, OPUS 76, NO. 1 (1799)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

Allegro con spirito
Adagio sostenuto
Menuetto: Presto
Allegro ma non troppo

INTERMISSION

QUARTET IN A MINOR, OPUS 41, NO. 1 (1842)

Robert Schumann (1810–1856)

Introduzione: Andante espressivo–Allegro
Scherzo
Adagio
Presto

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