Widely recognized as a world-class chamber ensemble, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has a reputation for innovative and surprising music. The quartet, which is the Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University, is committed to playing works by established and up-and-coming composers, following a mission to "bring every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and teamwork, and great respect to the composer." The New Yorker says "the St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection." Adds The New York Times, "Brilliant….the performance showed not only virtuosity, intelligence and imagination but also extraordinary passion."
Geoff Nuttall, violin Lesley Robertson, viola
Owen Dalby, violin Christopher Costanza, cello
Program credits: The St. Lawrence String Quartet appears by arrangement with David Rowe Artists www.davidroweartists.com
St. Lawrence String recordings can be heard on EMI Classics and ArtistShare (www.artistshare.com)
The St. Lawrence String Quartet is Ensemble-in-Residence at Stanford University www.slsq.com
The “father” of the string quartet, Haydn is too often regarded as an opening act; pleasant music before the “meat” of the program. In Haydn Discovery Geoff Nuttall and his St. Lawrence String Quartet colleagues will reveal Haydn’s genius, first unpacking this masterpiece via “active listening”, then offering a full performance.
String Quartet in C major, Op. 76, No. 3 "Emperor" Franz Josef Haydn 1732-1809
Poco adagio cantabile
Menuet. Allegro & Trio
Second Quartet John Adam b. 1947
String Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 33, No. 2 (Hob.III.38) "The Joke" Franz Josef Haydn
Largo e sostenuto