Artemis Quartet

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 7:30PM
Rackham Auditorium

Artemis Quartet
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An established string quartet that makes its UMS debut with a program featuring Mendelssohn and Piazzola.

The Berlin-based Artemis Quartet was founded in 1989. While a couple of big awards and prizes signaled their success early on, they elected to immerse themselves in further study with the Alban Berg Quartet rather than pitching into the tempting fast track of career success. They turned professional in 1994 and have since drawn attention for their performances, which overflow with fullness of sound and unparalleled drama. Now in residence at Konzerthaus Vienna with a regular concert series at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Artemis Quartet makes its UMS debut with an interesting program that pairs Bach preludes and fugues with Piazzolla tangos that were originally written for a stage play. The program is bookended by two Mendelssohn quartets.

Mendelssohn: Quartet in D Major, Op. 44, No. 1
J. S. Bach: “Contrapunctus I” from The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Astor Piazzolla: Tango del Angel
Bach: “Prelude in e minor” from The Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 855
Piazzolla: Muerte del Angel I
Bach: “Prelude in A Major” from The Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 862
Piazzolla: Milonga del Angel
Bach: “Fugue in f minor” from The Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 857
Piazzolla: Muerte del Angel II
Bach: “Prelude in c minor” from The Well-Tempered Clavier I, BWV 847
Mendelssohn: Quartet in f minor, Op. 80