Four Times Five: The Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Part 1

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Aeolus Quartet Aeolus Quartet. (Nathan Russell)

Robert Mann founded the Juilliard String Quartet in 1946. This past January, at 91, he inaugurated the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. Six of North America’s most promising young string quartets, personally chosen by Mann, took part in a series of coachings and master classes.

This week’s show features some of the performances from the final concert of the Mann String Quartet Institute at Manhattan School of Music in January. Six ensembles participated and we’ll feature five of those string quartets in this show: The Amphion, Aeolus, Old City and Arts Nova Quartet, as well as the PUBLIQuartet. Those five foursomes performed pieces by Beethoven Bartok, Brahms and Haydn. Next week we’ll play the sixth ensemble.

Program details:

Beethoven: String Quartet #11 in F Minor ("Serioso")
-- Amphion Quartet (movements 1-3) & Aeolus Quartet (finale).

Bartok: String Quartet No. 6, Burletta
-- The Old City Quartet.

Bartok: String Quartet No. 3, Allegro molto capriccioso
-- Ars Nova Quartet.

Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat (second and third movements)
-- The PUBLIQuartet.

Haydn: String Quartet No. 67 in F Major, Op 77 No. 2 (first movement)
-- Aeolus Quartet.

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