Romantic Russian Quartets at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music
Quite Borodin’s opposite was Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936), one of Russia’s most prolific composers and a master of classical form. When he was only 16 he produced his Five Novelettes for String Quartet, Op. 15, a colorful work with movements evoking Spain, the Orient, Hungary and, of course, Russia.
Though Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed three quartets, his String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (1871) is often thought of simply as the Tchaikovsky quartet, and rightfully so. The Andante cantabile second movement is one of his most beloved creations—a glowingly beautiful rendition of a melancholy Russian folk song.
All three of these works
will be performed by the Philomusica
String Quartet at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Feb. 7.