Linden String Quartet: Tchaikovsky and Brahms
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|$45 Orchestra & Mezzanine / $25 Balcony|
The centerpiece of the program is Tchailovsky's Souvenir de Florence, written for a St. Petersburg chamber music society as a musical souvenir of his visit to Italy as he recovered from a disastrous marriage and developed an infatuation with the city that spawned the Renaissance. Florence worked its magic on Tchikovsky, and the result is one of the most delightful and charming pieces in the repertory, for string sextet.
The young, energetic Linden Quartet (“Fire and Flare”—The Strad) also performs Tchaikovsky's Andante Cantabile and Brahms’ dramatic and turbulent quartet Opus 51 No. 1, which he wrote, in his own words, “hearing the footsteps of Beethoven” behind him, the survivor after twenty destroyed quartets. Sarah McElravy and Catherine Cosbey, violins; Eric Wong, viola; Felix Umansky, cello; Pierre-Henri Xuereb, viola; with Yehuda Hanani, cello.