The Three B’s (Beethoven, Bartók or Britten, and Brahms)

1. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F manor, Op. 18, No. 1 (1798-1800)

2. Bartók: String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85 (1927)

    —OR—Britten: String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 (1941)

3. Brahms: String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51, No. 1 (1873)

 

World War II Commemorative

1. Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 “Emperor” (1796-7)

2. Walton: String Quartet in A minor (1946)

3. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944)

 

Alexander String Quartet Favorites

1. Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589 (1790)

2. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 117 (1964)

3. Ravel: String Quartet (1902-3)

    —OR—Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden” (1824)

 

Collaboration with pianist Joyce Yang

The Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang offer two programs in 2016-2017, each with options. Ms. Yang appears courtesy of Arts Management Group.
“Alongside her burgeoning career as a soloist and concerto performer, the pianist Joyce Yang has also demonstrated impressive gifts as a chamber musician. Here [FoghornClassics CD2014] she joins the excellent Alexander String Quartet for passionate, soulful readings of two pinnacles of the chamber repertory.” –The New York Times, April 2014

 

More details: BesenArts.com/alexander/yang.htm.

 

The Shostakovich Cycle (5 concerts)

The fifteen quartets, performed chronologically in five programs.

“The intimacy of the music came through with enhanced power and poignancy in the Alexander quartet’s vibrant, probing, assured and aptly volatile performances.  … The chance to experience all 15 [Shostakovich] quartets played in chronological order with such intensity and engrossing commitment in a perfect chamber music hall was a privilege.”

–The New York Times

 

Shostakovich Mini-Festival (3 concerts)

The Alexander String Quartet is pleased to offer a set of three all-Shostakovich programs for strings and piano.

 

Program A
Sonata for Cello & Piano in D minor, Op. 40 (1934)

Sonata for Violin & Piano in G major, Op. 134 (1968)

Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, Nos. 12, 22 & 15 (1950-1, solo piano)

String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133 (1968)

 

Program B
Preludes & Fugues, Op. 87, Nos. 20, 21 & 23 (1950-1, solo piano)

String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110 (1960)

Five Pieces for Two Violins & Piano (arr. Levon Atovmyan)

Sonata for Viola & Piano, Op. 147 (1975)

 

Program C
Prelude & Fugue, Op. 87, No. 1 (1950-1, arr. Grafilo for string quartet)

Unfinished String Quartet (1961)

String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68 (1944)

Prelude & Fugue, Op. 87, No. 4 (1950-1, solo piano)

Prelude & Fugue, Op. 87, No. 24 (1950-1, arr. Grafilo for string quartet & piano)

Quintet for Piano & Strings in G minor, Op. 57 (1940)