Hagen Quartet

28 February 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Plymouth Church

Beethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74, “Harp”

Pre-concert lecture: Mark Satola (6:30 p.m.)

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The Hagen Quartet came into being in 1981, soon achieving success in a number of competitions and signing an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, which over the course of a 20-year relationship produced 45 CDs. Through its long engagement with the inexhaustibly rich quartet repertoire, the Hagen Quartet has developed and retained a distinctive character, not least in its collaboration with such musicians as Nikolaus Harnononcourt, György Kurtág, Maurizio Pollini., Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff and Jörg Widmann.

In concert and on disc, the Hagen Quartett presents stimulating and sensitively conceived programmes, embracing the history of the quartet from Haydn to Kurtág and regularly featuring the works of composers of the younger generation, including a number of world premieres.

The players of the Hagen Quartet have also acquired a reputation as teachers and mentors through their work at the Salzburg Mozarteum and Basel Conservatory, and through masterclasses around the world. Many rising ensembles view the Hagen Quartett as a model, admiring its collaborative spirit, quality of sound, stylistic range, and the unerring integrity of its approach to chamber music.

In 2011 the Hagen Quartet celebrates its 30th anniversary, which will be the occasion for the release of a series of new CDs on "myrios classics."

Web site: http://www.tinyurl.com/hagen4tet