Monday, January 21, 2008

Belcea Quartet comes to town

This week the Belcea Quartet stops by Meany Hall. The performance is part of the President’s International Chamber Series.

The British ensemble has been on a tear lately, recording exclusively with EMI. In September, the quartet finished recording Bela Bartok’s six string quartets. This latest recording project comes on the heels of successful and well received recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Ades, Schubert and Britten.

The Belcea Quartet marks yet another move by the Meany Hall management to feature young and emerging artists. This stands in contrast to earlier years which didn't often make room for emerging artists. For listeners accustomed to Meany Hall will find much to like in this year's schedule of performances. Remember, it was only a few months ago Yevgeny Subdin and the Chiara Quartet made their way to the University of Washington, providing a fresh view on new and old classics.

Outside of the recording studio, the ensemble has garnered reviews across the United States and around the world. Uniformly, the quartet has been praised for their expressivity, clarity of performance and style.

Schubert and Beethoven make up Wednesday’s concert. You can get the full details here.

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