One of the world’s top chamber music ensembles, dedicated to both new and classical repertoire, quartet-in-residence at Yale. Over 40 landmark recordings.
Tokyo String QuartetSept. 16, 2007

Martin Beaver - violin Kazuhide Isomura - viola
Kikuei Ikeda - violin Clive Greensmith - cello

Formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the Tokyo String Quartet traces its origins through its founding members to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo. It is regarded as one of the supreme chamber music ensembles of the world, and performs over 100 concerts worldwide each season. Dedicated to the performance of both new work and the classical repertoire, it recently premiered a piece by Japanese composer Toshio Hosakawa, and often features new works by leading composers. The members of the Quartet have served on the Faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976 and are deeply committed to coaching young string quartets. The Quartet has released more than 40 landmark recordings, many of which were awarded prizes, such as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux and Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year. The artists perform on the Paganini Quartet, four matched Strads on loan from the Nippon
Music Foundation.

Eighth LMMC concert.

Programme:

MOZART         Quartet in G major, K. 387 (1782)
                            
Allegro vivace assai
                             Menuetto: Allegro
                             Andante cantabile
                             Molto allegro

JANÁCEK        Quartet No. 1, 'Kreutzer' (1923)
                              Adagio - Con moto
                              Con moto
                              Con moto - Vivace - Andante
                              Con moto

SCHUMANN   Quartet in A major, Opus 41 No. 3 (1842)
                              Andante espressivo - Allegro molto moderato
                              Assai agitato
                              Adagio molto
                              Finale: Allegro molto vivace