The Beethoven Cycle

The Alexander has performed the Beethoven cycle dozens of times in various formats. Please inquire for more details about performances of the cycle, individual all-Beethoven programs, and other special programs.

FoghornClassics 1996, 1999, and 2002

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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)