Danish String Quartet (Cancelled)

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As of March 13, 2020, the remainder of the Celebrity Series 2019 - 20 Season has been canceled. Please visit our COVID-19 update page for more information.

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The Danish String Quartet’s playing reflects impeccable musicianship, sophisticated artistry, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and, above all, an expressivity inextricably bound to the music. Their performances bring a rare musical spontaneity, giving audiences the sense of hearing even treasured canon repertoire as if for the first time, and exuding a palpable joy in music-making that have made them enormously popular with Boston audiences. The Quartet brings as its program part of its Prism project, the title referring to “a beam of music being split through Beethoven’s prism,” in honor of the Beethoven 250 anniversary.

Program

Bach | 'Fuga a 3 Soggetti' (Contrapunctus XIV) from Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080
Webern | String Quartet
Bach | Vor deinen Thron tret’ ich, BWV 668

Schnittke | String Quartet No. 3

Beethoven | Quartet in B-Flat Major, Opus 130/ Grosse Fuge, Opus 133

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From The Boston Globe's Best Albums of 2019:
PRISM II
Danish String Quartet

As the Beethoven year approaches, prepare for many takes on the otherworldly late string quartets. Yet few will be as rewardingly conceptualized as the Danish String Quartet’s ongoing “Prisms” series pairing one late quartet (here Op. 130, with the “Grosse Fuge”) with a forebear by Bach ... and a spiritual descendant (Alfred Schnittke’s time-warping Third Quartet). The playing is deeply committed from first note to last.

“The musicians, acutely attuned to one another, didn’t appear to be on autopilot for even a millisecond, with every nuance, phrase and gesture beautifully wrought."”

The New York Times

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