Mozart-Shostakovich-Brahms

The Alexander’s 2018-2019 programming will focus on the music of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms. Here are three programs bringing the works of these composers together.

 

Program A

1. Mozart: String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K. 590 (1790)

2. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7 in F-sharp minor, Op. 108 (1960)

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

 

Program B

1. Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K. 575 (1789)

2. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat minor, Op. 138 (1970)

3. Brahms: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2 (1873)

 

Program C

1. Mozart: String Quartet No. 22 in B-flat major, K. 589 (1789)

2. Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D major, Op. 83 (1949)

3. Brahms: String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major, Op. 67 (1875)

 

 

World War II Commemorative

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

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

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

 

 

String Quartet Favorites

1. Mozart: String Quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, K. 458 “Hunt” (1784)

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

3. Ravel: String Quartet (1902-3)

    —OR—Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” (1893)

 

 

The Shostakovich Cycle (5 concerts)

The fifteen quartets, performed chronologically in five programs.

FoghornClassics CD1998 and CD1991

“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 programs, with guest pianist)

A set of three programs, which may be booked as a group or individually, comprising string quartets, the piano quintet, the sonatas for violin and cello with piano, and solo piano and other works.

 

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)