Utrecht String Quartet On Tour In America

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Utreccht String Quartet. Utreccht String Quartet.

On its first American tour, the Utrecht String Quartet made a stop at The Frick Collection for an intimate concert. A force in the Dutch music scene for nearly 30 years, the Utrecht has garnered praise for its many concerts and 19 albums, including a Gramophone nomination for a recording of Arthur Lourié's three string quartets.

Having graced the stages of distinguished concert halls throughout Europe, such as London’s Conway Hall and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and recently the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., they paid tribute to the established composers of the string quartet canon while searching to uncover lesser-known repertoire.

With a deep-seated interest in the music of the Netherlands, the Utrecht Quartet began the afternoon with a piece by Johannes Verhulst and went on to play short works by his teacher, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a Sibelius quartet. At intermission, highlights from past Concerts from The Frick include performances by pianist Martin Helmchen and the Aulos Ensemble. 

Program details:

Johannes Verhulst: Quartet in D minor, Opus 6, No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String Quartet, Opus 81
— Utrecht String Quartet.

J. S Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major
— Martin Helmchen, piano.

Jean- Phillipe Rameau: Suite from "Le Fete d’Hebe"
— Aulos Ensemble.

Jean Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor, Opus 56, "Voces intimae"
— Utrecht String Quartet.

Encore:

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Arr.  Dubinsky): Sweet Dreams
— Utrecht String Quartet.

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