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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

  • Brentano Quartet - Mozart

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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

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism”; the Philadelphia Inquirer praises its “seemingly infallible instincts for finding the center of gravity in every.

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Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Violist Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Highlights of 2016-2017 included performances for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Columbus, and the Seoul Spring Festival. The 2017-18.

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Jonathan Biss is a world-renowned pianist who shares his deep musical curiosity with classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. Over the course of 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;.

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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.…more info