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The Kreutzer Quartet to Perform Works by Beethoven and Tippett

Story posted December 15, 1998

December 3, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin Department of Music presents the Kreutzer Quartet, at 7:30 p.m Monday, Dec. 7, in Kresge Auditorium in the Visual Arts Center. It is the second concert of its 1998-99 Concert Series. Admission is $10 for the public, $8 for seniors 65 or older, free with a Bowdoin ID. Tickets are available in advance at the David Saul Smith Union Information Desk, 725-3375.

The program includes: the US premiere of Michael Finnissy's "Multiple Forms of Constraint"; Beethoven's "Quartet Op. 59, No. 1"; Haydn's "Quartet Op. 103"; and Michael Tippett's "Quartet No. 4."

Formed in 1988, the Quartet soon established itself as one of the most sought-after string quartets in the United Kingdom. They base their performances of the classical repertoire on a combination of detailed historical research and modern, technical excellence. They have performed in many of the major European chamber venues, including those in Amsterdam, Venice, London, Spain, Serbia, Montenegro, Cyprus and South America. They have broadcast on television and radio across Europe, and were selected for the 1996-97 National Federation of Music Societies tour.

In 1996, the Kreutzer Quartet recorded Sir Michael Tippett's complete quartet cycle for Chandos at the composer's request. Tippett's interest in and strong impression of the Quartet came from their ability to perform Beethoven. Tippett was sufficiently affected by Beethoven's string quartets to incorporate classical form into his own chamber compositions. The Kreutzers performed Tippett's music at the composer's funeral and memorial service in London.

This year, the Quartet premiered David Matthews' quartet arrangement of Beethoven's "Piano Sonata opus 101."

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