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Artemis Quartet

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
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8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Duke Performances

DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 HENRI DUTILLEUX: Ainsi la Nuit RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major ### This vivacious program of French repertory is a study in musical lineage. The Artemis spent a decade training with the Emerson and Juilliard Quartets before officially launching its career at the Berlin Philharmonie in 1999. Its patient, sharply honed playing "finds a balance between projecting musical structure and conveying immediacy" (NY Times) - a perfect fit for Debussy's sole string quartet, where a conventional form houses otherworldly harmonies. Meanwhile, Ravel's only string quartet was rejected by the academy but embraced by the public for its quicksilver elegance. In 1976, Henri Dutilleux reckoned with the exotic language of these so-called Impressionists with fresh creativity in his nocturnal "Ainsi la Nuit."