Performance Friday, February 15, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Miró Quartet

Weill Recital Hall
When Count Razumovsky, the Russian ambassador in Vienna, commissioned Beethoven to write a set of quartets, he asked for music that evoked his homeland with folk-song melodies. What he got instead were three pieces of such compositional bravura and epic scope that they elevated the genre and changed music history. A group that plays with “explosive vigor and technical finesse” (The New York Times), the Miró Quartet is an apt match for these epochal works.

This concert is part of Salon Encores.


  • Miró Quartet
    ·· Daniel Ching, Violin
    ·· William Fedkenheuer, Violin
    ·· John Largess, Viola
    ·· Joshua Gindele, Cello


  • String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, "Razumovsky"
  • String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, "Razumovsky"
  • String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, "Razumovsky"


  • Miró Quartet

    The dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America's highest-profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Now in its second decade, the quartet continues to captivate audiences and critics around the world with its startling intensity, fresh perspective, and mature approach.

    Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the Miró Quartet had immediate success, winning first prizes at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition, Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and Banff International String Quartet Competition, as well as the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Miró Quartet was also a recipient of the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, the Miró Quartet has performed throughout the world in important venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Berlin Philharmoniker's Kammermusiksaal, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

    In recent seasons, the quartet has collaborated with such artists as Leif Ove Andsnes, Joshua Bell, Lynn Harrell, Midori, Jon Kimura Parker, and Pinchas Zukerman. It appears regularly at Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Chamber Music Northwest.

    The Miró Quartet has been heard on numerous national and international radio broadcasts, including American Public Media's Performance Today and Saint Paul Sunday. In addition, the quartet has released numerous recordings, most recently a live disc that features works of Kevin Puts and Dvořák. This season, the quartet releases a new disc of Beethoven's "Razumovsky" quartets.

    Deeply committed to music education, the Miró Quartet serves as quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin School of Music. On short notice, the quartet filled in for both Isaac Stern and Henry Meyer, leading master classes in Lucerne, Switzerland, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. The quartet continues to give frequent master classes at many institutions around the world.

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Beethoven's String Quartet No.9 in C, Op.59, No.3, "Rasumovsky," Allegro molto
Quartetto Italiano

At a Glance

The three Op. 59 string quartets were written for Beethoven's friend Count Andrey Razumovsky, Russia's ambassador to the court of Vienna, in 1806. The boldly iconoclastic style of the composer's so-called middle period represented a kind of stylistic bridge between the Mozartean Classicism of his Op. 18 quartets and the more introspective, convoluted language of his late period. Expansive and deeply unconventional, the works marked a watershed in the string quartet genre.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Quartets Plus.

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