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Award-winning string quartet comes to Santa Fe

18 Mar 2013 11:54 AM
Award-winning string quartet comes to Santa Fe

Although the Brentano String Quartet is technically the Resident String Quartet at Princeton University, it has spent much of the last decade hopping from continent to continent. An international audience has fueled the group's success and helped it to win many of the most prestigious awards in classical music. On March 1, the quartet will perform at the St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, offering a rare chance for local residents to catch a performance from this renowned group.

Like most of the quartet's performances, the Santa Fe concert will be filled with a wide range of pieces from the two-century string quartet canon. With their trademark lyricism and virtuosity, the players will run through longstanding favorites by Haydn, Bartok and Brahms. 

As one of the longest-running string quartets in the country, Brentano has developed a devoted following among both fans and critics. After a recent performance by the group in New York City, Vivien Schweitzer, a music critic for The New York Times, extolled the group's distinctive style and extensive knowledge of the medium. After listening to the group play a selection from Mozart's String Quintet in G Minor - with the help of violist Hsin-Yun Huang - Schweitzer said she was struck by the players' control and virtuosity.

"[The Mozart piece] proved a fine showcase for the Brentano's poise and burnished sound, and the ensemble aptly conveyed the work's pervasive tension and wistfulness," Schweitzer wrote.

Schweitzer is not the only critic to be wowed by the quartet's mastery, as it has received praise from critics everywhere from London to Tokyo. As one of the only stops in the region for the foreseeable future, the group's upcoming Santa Fe performance is the perfect chance for Santa Fe residents to enjoy this heralded musical experience.