Jonathan Biss, Elias String Quartet [SF Debut]
Friday, March 29, 2013
TIMOTHY ANDRES: SF PREMIERE (piano and strings)
SCHUMANN: String Quartet in A minor Op. 41, No. 1; Piano Quartet, Op. 47
PURCELL: Fantasias (string quartet)
Schumann composed his string quartets while undertaking a close study of Bach’s fugues with his wife,” says Biss. “But Purcell, with his mix of intricate counterpoint and formal freedom, is probably even closer to the spirit of the Opus 41 quartets. The music of Timothy Andres, a highly creative young American composer who is equally conversant with a wide variety of musical styles, is a demonstration of just how far and wide Schumann's influence has reached.