Schubert: Quartet in E-flat Major, D. 87
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Op. 110
Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887
This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Bernard Jacobson.
Founded at the Royal College of Music in London in 1994, the Belcea Quartet is currently based in Great Britain. However, the Romanian violinist Corina Belcea and the Polish violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, the two founding members, bring a very different artistic provenance to the ensemble while drawing from the best traditions of string quartet playing received from the quartet's mentors: the members of the Alban Berg and Amadeus Quartets. This spectrum is extended by the French musicians Axel Schacher (violin) and Antoine Lederlin (cello). The Belcea Quartet blends its diverse influences into a common musical language.
The quartet's open-minded approach to music invariably enables it to find its own unique, elegant and refined interpretations of the main string quartet repertoire. The quartet performs regularly to great acclaim in concert halls across the world, among them the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Carnegie Hall in New York. The Quartet also appears regularly at the Salzburg, Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. The quartet’s regular partners include Piotr Anderszewski, Martin Fröst, Valentin Erben, Ian Bostridge and Matthias Goerne.
The Belcea Quartet has shared a residence at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Artemis Quartet since 2010. It is also Quartet in Residence at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The musicians recently created their very own Belcea Quartet Trust, whose main aims are to support and inspire young string quartets through series of intensive coaching sessions organized according to the needs of each selected ensemble, as well as to support commissioning of new works from today's leading composers to be premiered by the quartet in the future.
The Belcea Quartet has an impressive discography. During its long-term association with EMI Classics, the quartet recorded the complete Britten and Bartók quartets as well as works by Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel and Dutilleux, amongst others. In 2012 and 2013, the quartet recorded the complete Beethoven quartets live in the Benjamin Britten Studio in Snape, England. This recording was released under ZigZag Territoires, the quartet’s new label. As with its predecessors, this CD has been met with critical acclaim: it has been recognized with such prizes as the ECHO Klassik Award.
The Belcea Quartet's performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets at Vienna's Konzerthaus were filmed in May 2012. They were broadcast on Mezzo TV and will soon be released on DVD, to be accompanied by Jean-Claude Mocik's documentary of the entire project, "Looking for Beethoven."
2014 will see another world premiere of a new work by Mark- Anthony Turnage. Music of the 20th century–specifically works of Schoenberg, Webern and Berg–will play an important part in the quartet's 20th anniversary celebrations in autumn 2015.
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
Bartók: Quartet No. 6
Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80
Mozart: Quartet in F Major, K. 590
Beethoven: Quartet in D Major, Op. 18, No. 3
Schubert: Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, Rosamunde
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, Serioso
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 135
Beethoven: String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132
Haydn: String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Hob. III:81
Turnage: Twisted Blues with Twisted Ballad
Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Majot, Op. 130 with the GroíŸe Fuge, Op. 133
Beethoven: Sting Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6
Szymanowski: String Quartet in C Major, Op. 37
Bartók: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, Op. 20, No. 4, Hob. III:34
Bartók: String Quartet No. 3
Schubert: String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden
“The Belceas reveled in the kind of refined yet vibrant sound made by the best Viennese ensembles ”