Happy Spring from Lux!
Take a listen to new performances of movements from two fantastic string quartets:
Beethoven, Op. 59, No. 2, Allegretto
From Beethoven’s “middle” period, this movement shifts between two contrasting sections, the first one dark and restless, the second one hearty and simple in its use of a Russian melody.
Ginastera Quartet No. 1, Allegro violento ed agitato
Written in 1948, Ginastera’s first string quartet was strongly based on the music of his native Argentina. The driving rhythms and fiery melody in this first movement evoke images of gauchos, the cowboys of Argentina. The unique and sometimes evocative textures are reminiscent of Bartok and Stravinsky.
Joining us for this video performance is cellist Charles Asch. We enjoyed preparing these movements with him - thank you, Charles. Eric Graf is taking a leave of absence from the quartet to focus on teaching for the remainder of the season.
Charles Asch received his master’s degree in cello performance from Juilliard in 2011, and completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2017. He performs throughout the Twin Cities, including solo cello recitals, chamber music recitals, and performances with local orchestras. Dr. Asch has served as music faculty at University of Minnesota-Morris, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and at MacPhail Center for Music. He has performed with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and MN Opera. www.charlesasch.com
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