THE LEFT BANK QUARTET Left Bank Mit Schlag

May 3, 2014
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gildenhorn Recital Hall
University of Maryland Campus
College Park, MD

Violins David Salness and Sally McLain

Viola Katherine Murdock

Cello Evelyn Elsing

Vienna’s incomparable musical legacy rests largely on the shoulders of two giants: Haydn, represented here by his glorious “Emperor” Quartet from his last cycle, and Beethoven, whose monumental late-period Op. 131 quartet was his self-acknowledged favorite.

Some 80 years after Beethoven and reputedly inspired by his late quartets, Webern (a pillar of the Second Viennese School) created the wondrously spare Six Bagatelles, still breath-taking today, a century after their inception.