Last March, nearly a year ago, the Young Artists Showcase presented recordings from the inaugural Robert Mann String Quartet Institute. A few weeks ago, the violinist and founder of the Juilliard Quartet, now 92, returned to the the Manhattan School of Music for a second series of masterclasses and coachings (all of which were webcast). On this week’s show, we’ll present two of those young quartets, recorded in concert at the school’s Greenfield Hall.
First up, the Brahms String Quartet No. 1 in C minor played by an ensemble comprised of laureates of the Sphinx Competition. Music critic Allan Kozinn described the Catalyst Quartet in The New York Times as “invariably energetic and finely burnished."
Then, the Kleio Quartet performs a sultry Janáček piece known as “Intimate Letters.” In a recent New Yorker article on string quartets in the city, music critic Alex Ross wrote that “the Kleios’ account of the Janáček Second Quartet crackled with intensity."
Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in B-flat
— Catalyst Quartet
Janáček: String Quartet #2, "Intimate Letters"
— Kleio Quartet
Recorded in concert at the Manhattan School of Music.