The challenging viola part takes prominence in Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 13, highlighting an essential yet oft-unsung voice of a string quartet.
by Cashman Kerr Prince
Earlier this spring, the Emerson String Quartet presented a series of concerts in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, surveying the late quartets by Shostakovich, Britten, and Mendelssohn, and Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.” The common denominator is composers meditating on death. For the inaugural concert at the 33rd season of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival Friday night, the Emerson String Quartet packed the Shalin Liu Performance Center for their reprisal of two of these works: Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 13 in b♭, op. 138; and Schubert’s Quartet in d, “Death and the Maiden, ” D. 810.
Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his thirteenth quartet in 1970, and it expresses many of his own anxieties about his declining health and his own inevitable, imminent, demise. In three movements and spanning nineteen minutes, this quartet fits outside the now-usual string quartet repertoire. The challenging viola part takes prominence, highlighting an essential yet oft-unsung voice of a string quartet. The Emerson’s Lawrence Dutton rose to the challenges of this part and gave a magisterial performance, from the opening solo that launches the Adagio through the Doppio movimento to the virtuosic end of the concluding Tempo primo.
I've visited ON,Quebec,Manitoba,
And BC. Visited the first 3 in summer; enjoyed the beauty of Montreal and the old history of Quebec City. Liked the Ukrainian Museum in Winnipeg.
Liked BC the best,especially Vancouver,a very progressive and diverse city with great restaurants and cool French folk music on the CBC. Great Chinatown and other international areas. Loved the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Anthro Museum at UBC.
Can't think of anything I disliked about BC.
While Canada has been influenced a lot by the U.S.,I like their greater consciousness of labor and international solidarity issues,and the fact they have more electoral choices
Cold but wonderful place
But why February?
Take a side trip to Mont Tremblanc(sp?) ski area nearby. And another to Quebec City where, I believe, there's a winter festival in February. Old Quebec City is more like an old European city - narrow streets, old architecture etc. - and verrrrrry romantic. Went there for my honeymoon in February.
French Canadian music scene is AWESOME. Definitely find out where to go clubbing.
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She is playing the Pitchfork and Pemberton music festivals this weekend, then heading on an international tour and will finish the year opening for the Black Keys' on their U.S. tour.