As far back as I can recall, the string quartet has resonated with me on an almost spiritual level, and I really do mean as far back as I can remember. When I was old enough and accomplished enough to participate in performing string quartets, well, that's when casual flirtation morphed into full-on obsession.
Schubert's Death and the Maiden was the soundtrack to summers from age 8-11, followed by a mind-altering discovery of late Beethoven, quasi-psychotic Bartok fangirlism, and Justin Bieber-like tween devotion to the chamber music output of Benjamin Britten.
This week, I'm revisiting my first love: the string quartet. The 21st century has brought some wonderful, innovative, savory takes on this genre, and I'll be packing a lot of musical marrow into these shows. Q2 is also starting something pretty exciting this week, from an on-demand standpoint; the first hour of Mondays' shows from now on will be theme-heavy and archived right here on its show page, yay!
I hope you enjoy the quartets, and let me know what you want to hear! Do you have a favorite 21st century or late 20th century string quartet?
Here's an excerpt of and from a quartet I'm excited about: The Chiara String Quartet performing the second movement of Jefferson Friedman's String Quartet No. 2. Enjoy!