French string quartet, winner of several competitions. Its 2009 Haydn CD won Gramophone and ECHO Klassik prizes.
QUATUOR EBÈNEFeb. 23, 2014

Pierre Colombet - violin    Mathieu Herzog - viola   
  Gabriel Le Masgadure - violin      Raphaël Merlin - cello


Described by The New York Times as “a string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band”, the Quatuor Ebène is distinguished by its versatility in playing not only classical masterpieces but also contemporary music and jazz. The quartet also interprets and arranges popular music with great success. Within a decade of its founding in 1999 at the Conservatoire in Boulogne-Billancourt, the Quatuor Ebène transformed from a talented but youthful and virtually unknown string quartet to a highly respected ensemble with a prestigious recording contract and a touring schedule that included regular performances at major concert venues across Europe, Asia and North America. In 2004, the four young musicians won First Prize at the prestigious ARD International Competition in Munich; the following year they won the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation, and in 2010 a Victoire de la Musique Classique. In 2008 the ensemble made its first recording under a new association with Virgin Classics, a disc of quartets by Debussy, Ravel and Fauré; this won them the 2009 Gramophone award for Record of the Year.

Return engagement.

PROGRAMME:

HAYDN               String Quartet in F minor,
                            Opus 20 No.5, Hob.III:35 (1772)

                                 Allegro moderato
                                 Menuetto
                                 Adagio
                                 Finale: Fuga a 2 soggetti

BARTÓK            String Quartet No.4, Sz.91 (1928)
                                 Allegro
                                 Prestissimo, con sordino
                                 Non troppo lento
                                 Allegretto pizzicato
                                 Allegro molto

SCHUMANN     String Quartet in A major,
                           Opus 41 No.3 (1842)

                                 Andante espressivo - Allegro molto moderato
                                 Assai agitato - Un poco adagio - Tempo risoluto
                                 Adagio molto
                                 Finale: Allegro molto vivace

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