Modigliani Quartet

Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 8:00 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

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About This Performance

With a new first violinist, the Modigliani Quartet makes its fourth PCMS appearance in a program that features two string quartets never before heard on our series. Puccini’s melancholy I Crisantemi (“The Chrysanthemums”) was originally conceived as a work for string quartet, but the composer later reworked the music for inclusion in his famous opera Manon Lescaut. Saint-Saëns composed his first String Quartet during a trip to Buenos Aires and the Canary Islands and dedicated it to the Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe, whose ensemble premiered it. The E Minor work successfully combines classical and romantic styles, proving to be music of great charm, grace, and facility.

Puccini: I Crisantemi
Brahms: Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1
Saint-Saëns: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 112