This Sunday, January 21, the Dover Quartet – “one of the world’s finest young string quartets” (New Yorker) – joins Janine Jansen and Jean-Yves Thibaudet at New York’s Carnegie Hall for Chausson’s haunting yet rarely programmed Concerto in D for violin, piano, and string quartet. Marking the Cleveland Quartet Award- and 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant-winning group’s Stern Auditorium debut, the concert will be filmed and streamed live, free of charge, to audiences around the world at medici.tv, after which the webcast will be available for 90 days for free, on-demand viewing.
Their first appearance on Carnegie’s main stage follows the Dovers’ auspicious debuts at the venue’s Weill Recital Hall last season and at Washington DC’s Library of Congress just last month. Performing on four Stradivari instruments from the library’s own collection, they played Viktor Ullmann’s third quartet, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, alongside works by his teachers Schoenberg and Zemlinsky. As the Washington Classical Reviewobserved, “This program demonstrated the growing mastery of the Dover Quartet over all corners of the string quartet repertory.” The Washington Post explained:
“The quartet, intelligent and distinctive players all, brought poetry on the unfamiliar instruments. Whether one can truly hear the difference in a blind test, the Strads shared a common timbre Monday: a warm rich sound with a hint of otherworldliness, an almost inhuman, nearly electronic quality, like a very old wine, or a voice raised, for a moment, from the grave, in a program that not only repeated the past but illuminated it.”
Ullmann’s quartet may also be heard on Voices of Defiance 1943 1944 1945, the Dovers’ second recording on the Cedille label. Taking listeners on a powerful, often harrowing, journey through three searing works written during World War II, on its release last fall the album broke the top ten on Billboard’s traditional classical chart and was recognized as “undoubtedly one of the most compelling discs released this year” (Wall Street Journal).
Heralded by the New York Times as “the closest thing to a classical Netflix,” medici.tv brings viewers around the world the leading classical artists, ensembles and orchestras from the greatest performing arts institutions, concert halls, opera houses, festivals and competitions. Since its official launch in May 2008, medici.tv has gained international recognition, bringing together an international community of music and arts lovers from 180 countries. In addition to offering live concert hall events that music lovers can experience on their computers and entertainment systems (Chromecast, Airplay), medici.tv offers a free application (available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android) that makes it possible to experience world-class artistry on all mobile devices.
About the Dover Quartet
Having enjoyed a “rise to the top [that] looks practically meteoric” (Strings), the Dover Quartet is fast becoming a major presence on the international scene. Upcoming highlights include its return to Washington’s Kennedy Centerfor new music by Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, and Derek Bermel in the trailblazing KC Jukebox series. In the third year of a specially created, multi-season faculty residency at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the quartet gives multiple performances throughout the season, including an appearance in the conservatory’s Winter Chamber Music Festival. The Dovers also complete work on a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Bruce Broder, and can be seen championing less traditional fare in their YouTube videos of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and the music from Twin Peaks, reaching hundreds of thousands of new fans to date. As the Chicago Tribune put it, “The Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet – they’re that good.”
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