By Edith Eisler
During this choice of in-depth interviews, present day best performers get to the center of 1 of the main cherished sorts of classical track: the string quartet. Representing either younger teams and longstanding favorites, all of them have insights into the fun and hardships of expressing themselves as a part of a tight-knit ensemble. How they perform, how they arrive to consensus, their functionality secrets and techniques and anxieties, what strikes and evokes them - all this and extra involves existence during this sequence of showing interviews with participant and constitution Strings journal contributor Edith Eisler.
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The Ives quartet represents a particular point in the development of American music, so whether we like it or not, it’s fair to allow people to hear it from time to time and make their own decisions. “People assume from our name that we play a great deal of American music,” he continues, “but we don’t. We did it more in the early days of the quartet, because we knew it was expected of us, but we soon began to recognize the risk of being perceived as specialists, as had happened with some other groups.
They often invite guests for playing quintets with various instruments, most recently young pianists they met at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, where, as successors to the Tokyo String Quartet, they were asked to collaborate in the chamber-music round. “Never in my life have I worked so hard,” says Avshalomov with a laugh. “It felt as though we did more playing in eight days than ordinarily in half a season. We offered four piano quintets and four piano quartets, which the two violinists shared.
Geber says, “I think it’s good either way. I love the Fugue; playing it is really a wonderful experience. ” Carney adds, “Of course, the Fugue is a thorny, difficult work, but we adore it. ” They play a lot of Romantic music—Schubert, Brahms, Dvorák—and have also recorded two Dvorák quartets. They often invite guests for playing quintets with various instruments, most recently young pianists they met at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, where, as successors to the Tokyo String Quartet, they were asked to collaborate in the chamber-music round.