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Overview

The Brentano Quartet has garnered popular and critical acclaim since its inception in 1992, having performed in many of the world's most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York; the Library of Congress in Washington; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Suntory Hall in Tokyo; and the Sydney Opera House. The Quartet has participated in summer festivals such as Aspen, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, the Edinburgh Festival, the Kuhmo Festival in Finland, the Taos School of Music, and the Caramoor Festival.  In 1998, cellist Nina Lee joined the Quartet, succeeding founding member Michael Kannen. The following season the Quartet became the first Resident String Quartet at Princeton University. The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved" and the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

"[Their sound] was like a golden sheen that could darken or sparkle as needed."

-The Daily Gazette

Brentano Quartet w/ Marina Piccinini, flute

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Program

Kernis: Air for Flute and String Quartet [Philadelphia Premiere]
Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, Dissonance
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Beethoven: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4

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Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Schumann: Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Gesualdo: Selected Madrigals
Brahms: Klavierstücke, Op. 118
Mozart: String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614

 

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Departure and Discovery: New Directions at the Apex of Creativity is supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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Brentano Quartet and Jonathan Biss, piano

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Bach: Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 [Sel.]
Kurtág: Játékok, Volume VII, for Piano [Sel.]
Britten: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111

Prior to this concert at 5:30 pm in the Perelman Theater, Gregg Whiteside (morning host on WRTI) will lead a free interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring musicologist Christoph Wolff, music critic Allan Kozinn, writer and thought leader Lewis Lapham, and behavioral scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb.  Their discussion will explore the effect that accumulated knowledge and experience has on artistic creation, highlighting the dramatic new directions taken and fresh discoveries made by these great composers while at the height of their creative powers.

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Brentano Quartet w/ Anthony McGill, clarinet

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in F-sharp Minor, Op. 50, No. 4
Ran: STREAM for Clarinet Quintet [World Premiere - PCMS Commission]
Dvorák: Quartet in C Major, Op. 61

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This performance features a free pre-concert lecture at 6:45pm with Scott Ordway

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30th Anniversary Gala

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Richard Goode, piano; Jonathan Biss, piano; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Anthony McGill, clarinet; Pamela Frank, violin; Peter Wiley, cello; Brentano Quartet

Haydn: Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Hob. XV:29
Schubert: Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940
Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965
DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 50, No. 1
Schnittke: Piano Quintet
Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 12

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Brentano Quartet w/ Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95, "Serioso"
BernsteinI Feel Pretty [Arr. Mackey]
DvoÅ™ák: Waltz, Op. 54, No. 1
Shostakovich: Polka
Carter: Elegy
DvoÅ™ák: Waltz, Op. 54, No. 2
Ives: Scherzo
TchaikovskyAndante Cantabile
MackeyI've Grown So Ugly
Mozart: String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516

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Brentano Quartet w/ Anthony McGill, clarinet

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2, “Joke”
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581
Brahms: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 51, No. 2

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 3:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in D Minor, Op. 103
Ginastera: Piano Quintet, Op. 29
Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, w/Grosse Fuge, Op. 133

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Brentano Quartet w/ Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2, Hob. III:82
Schumann: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 41, No. 2
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in A Major, Op. 18

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Brentano Quartet

Date: Friday, January 15, 2010 - 8:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Beethoven: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1
Hartke: Night Songs for a Desert Flower [Philadelphia Premiere]
Beethoven:String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, ‘Razumovsky”

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Brentano Quartet w/ Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 3:00 PM

Location: Private: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Haydn: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Hob. III:33
Hyla: Howl [Philadelphia Premiere]
Mendelssohn: String Quintet in B-flat Major, Op. 87

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Monday, February 4, 2008 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Beethoven: Quintet for Winds and Piano in E-­flat Major, Op. 16 [Arr. for Piano Quartet]
Frank: Quijotadas [U.S. Premiere]
Beethoven: Quartet in E­flat Major, Op. 127

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Brentano Quartet w/ Mitusko Uchida, piano

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Friday, December 10, 2004 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mozart: String Quartet in A Major, K. 464 [1785]
Crumb: Gnomic Variations [1981]
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155

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Brentano Quartet

Date: Friday, April 11, 2003 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

10 Contrapuncti from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 [1742­49] interlaced with 10 Philadelphia Premieres

Maw: Intrada
Bach: Contrapunctus I and IV
Zivian: Double Fugue
Wuorinen: ALAP
Bach: Contrapunctus IX
Ran: Bach — Shards
Bach: Contrapunctus X and XVIII [unfinished]
Gubaidulina: Reflections on the theme B-A-C-H
Bach: Contrapunctus XII
Marsalis: Fugue
Bach: Contrapunctus II
Adolphe: ContraDictions
Bach: Contapunctus VI [in the French style]
Horne: Subterfuge
Bach: Contrapunctus VII
Wenchung: Contrapunctus Variabilis I
Mackey: Lude interspersed with Contrapunctus XI

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Brentano Quartet; Samuel Rhodes, viola; Joel Krosnick, cello

Date: Friday, March 22, 2002 - 8:00 PM

Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Haydn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20, No. 5, Hob. III:35
Janáček: Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Dawe: Quartet No. 2, “Liber de Arte Contrapuncti” [Philadelphia Premiere]
Brahms: Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2000 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in A Major, Op. 20, No. 6, Hob. III:36
Prokofiev: Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 135
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

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Brentano Quartet w/ Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Date: Thursday, November 7, 1996 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II [Selections]
Busoni: Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 36a
Beethoven: String Quartet in B­flat Major, Op. 130

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Brentano Quartet

Date: Monday, November 21, 1994 - 8:00 PM

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center Auditorium,

Mozart: Quartet in D Major, K. 499, “Hoffmeister”
Vií±ao: La noche de las noches
Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”

New York Times

“The Brentano is something special... Their music making is private, delicate, and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention.”

The Daily Gazette

“[Their sound] was like a golden sheen that could darken or sparkle as needed.”

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