Escher String Quartet
Former BBC New Generation Artists, season artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and recipients of the Avery Fischer Career Grant, the Escher String Quartet is among the leading chamber ensembles in the United States.
Bringing with them a program of wide-ranging emotional moods, the Eschers start off with one of the most popular of Haydn's eighty-three string quartets, referred to as 'The Lark' thanks to its perpetually lively tempo and soaring main theme. They then cycle forward to an early 20th-century masterpiece by Bartók, richly imbued with elements of Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian music, utilizing a wide range of extended instrumental techniques and folk harmonies. Bringing us back to an elegiac mood is Schubert's 'Death and the Maiden' quartet, the last major work the composer completed before his death in 1847 - while he was mourning the unexpected death of his sister Fanny.