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London Haydn Quartet

Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Online ticket sales for this concert have ended. Tickets will be sold at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational starting at 6:30pm on Saturday evening.

Music of Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart

Since its founding in 2000, the London Haydn Quartet has built a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative string quartets in the world, focusing on period-instrument interpretations of classical repertoire. They make their BEMF début in a program featuring delightful and lyrical string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven alongside Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A, composed for Mozart’s close friend Anton Stadler for the unique basset clarinet. This is a truly rare opportunity to hear this quintet on the instrument Mozart wrote it for, featuring the virtuoso who has pioneered its modern-day rediscovery, both as performer and instrument builder, Eric Hoeprich.

Hear Eric Hoeprich perform the Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto on basset clarinet with the Orchestra of the 18th Century:

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto In A, K 622 - 2. Adagio by Eric Hoeprich; Frans Brüggen: Orchestra Of The 18th Century on Grooveshark

Eric Hoeprich“Without a doubt, Stadler possessed a special instrument, the basset clarinet, capable of playing a third lower than a conventional clarinet,” remarks Hoeprich in his notes on the piece. “The range spans more than three octaves and allows the clarinet to act as a soprano as well as a baritone, often alternating between the two in a sort of uncanny operatic dialogue. The work can certainly be included among the most beloved of Mozart’s compositions. It manages to encompass everything that chamber music should. As the clarinet moves in and out of the ensemble, one minute a part of the ‘tutti’ texture, the next, a glorious soloist, we listen to Mozart’s unending inventiveness and complete mastery:  music that is intimate, varied, expressive, humorous, perfectly balanced, and always engaging.

Free pre-concert talk at 7pm

PROGRAM

Haydn: String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 50, No. 1
Beethoven: String Quartet in D, Op. 18, No. 3
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581