Opening Valentine’s Day month, this program is all about love. Rivalry for love – will music or poetry win over a flame? – is the subject of Richard Strauss’ Capriccio opera. Jealous and possessive love in Leo Tolstoy’s famous novel, The Kreuzer Sonata, inspired Leoš Janacek, and Johannes Brahms expressed his heartbreak and unrequited love in his second string sextet.
The Parker Quartet is an utterly polished, virtuosic, and creative string quartet with a blue-chip resume. Besides having won a GRAMMY, collaborating with artists from Kim Kashkashian to Vijay Iyer to members of the Silk Road Ensemble, and participating in Music for Food, a musician-led hunger initiative, the quartet has been in residence at Harvard for the past four years. Korean-American superviolist Richard O’Neill and elegant cellist and chamber music impresario Edward Arron join them to guide us through these sagas.
6:30pm pre-concert lecture with Steven Rings
Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Janáček: Quartet No. 1, “Kreuzer Sonata”
Brahms: Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36