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

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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The second of our three programs on “late style” focuses on the theme of waywardness. The Schumann—the last piece he wrote before his suicide attempt and institutionalization—contains stunningly oblique music that is daringly static yet deeply moving. The Madrigals of Gesualdo, from the 1500s, offer harmonic schemes as unhinged as Gesualdo was himself when he wrote them. These timelessly unconventional pieces sound like they might have been written yesterday. Brahms wrote his Op. 118 piano pieces years after he had resolved to give up composing. They have a remarkable emotional and structural concentration and have had a profound influence on most “modern” composers. And the Mozart offers a stunning contrast. His final chamber piece enriches the question of late style through all it is not:  monumental, morose, valedictory. Instead, it is festive, virtuosic, and life-affirming.

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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Brentano Quartet

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..

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Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

A native of Taiwan, Hsin-Yun Huang moved to England at age fourteen to study with David Takeno at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Her studies continued at the Curtis Institute with Michael Tree, and subsequently at the Juilliard School, where she earned her master of music degree while studying with Samuel Rhodes. Since becoming the youngest-ever gold medalist.

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Jonathan Biss
Pianist Jonathan Biss shares his talent, passion, and intellectual curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. Over nearly two decades on the concert stage, he has forged relationships with the New York Philharmonic; the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Philharmonia orchestras; the Boston, Chicago, and Swedish Radio symphony orchestras; and the Leipzig Gewandhaus,.

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Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Address: 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Perelman Theater is part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located on the southwest corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The smaller of the two concert halls in the Kimmel Center, the Perelman Theater is a 627-seat auditorium with seating on the plaza, plaza tier, first balcony, and second balcony levels.  All…more info