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Joyce Yang courtesy 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

 

“Their approach reminds me of such conductors as Rodzinski, Toscanini, Munch, or Gielen, a straight-ahead reading in which one hears inner voices as if X-rayed, yet never loses the lyrical flow of the music or its ability to surprise the listener with innumerable small details. … If you enjoy these two works, you owe it to yourself to hear what the Alexander Quartet and Joyce Yang make of them.”

–Fanfare, January 2014

 

“I truly hope that the collaboration between Joyce Yang and the Alexander String Quartet will continue, as it’s a match like no other.”

–San Francisco Classical Voice (November 2013)

 

 

OPTION A: PIANO QUINTETS

For this program, presenters are invited to choose two from among the three great Romantic quintets. Between them, there will be a performance of a contemporary work for quintet; in 2015-2016, the musicians offer a powerful and moving work for quintet by Alfred Schnittke. (The process to commission a new work for premiere in a future season is underway.)

 

FAVORITE PIANO QUINTETS (chose any TWO)

Schumann: Quintet for Piano & Strings in E-flat major, Op. 44

Brahms: Quintet for Piano & Strings in F minor, Op. 34

Dvořák: Quintet for Piano & Strings in A major, Op. 81

 

NEW WORK FOR PIANO QUINTET

Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet (1972-6)

  (Follow links for more information on the composer and this work.)

 

 

OPTION B: SOLO PIANO, STRING QUARTET, AND PIANO QUINTET

For this program, presenters have the option to choose one from among three piano quintets, one from among two string quartets, and one from among two sets of works for solo piano.

 

SOLO PIANO (choose one set)

Rachmaninoff (transcribed. by Earl Wild): Dreams, Little Island, Vocalise

   --AND-- Rachmaninoff: Etudes Tableaux (selections)

--OR--

Albéniz: Iberia (selections)

   --AND-- Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas

 

STRING QUARTET (choose one quartet)

Bartók: String Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85

--OR-- Kodály: String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10

 

PIANO QUINTET (choose one quintet)

Schumann: Quintet for Piano & Strings in E-flat major, Op. 44

--OR-- Brahms: Quintet for Piano & Strings in F minor, Op. 34

--OR-- Dvořák: Quintet for Piano & Strings in A major, Op. 81