Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Miró Quartet

Coolidge Auditorium

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Daniel Ching and William Fedkenheuer, violins
John Largess, viola | Joshua Gindele, cello | Rita Sloan, piano

Our annual Antonio Stradivari Memorial concert reflects the history of string quartets in America. The excellent Miró Quartet salutes a famous predecessor founded by Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Franz Kneisel in 1885. Performing widely in America and in Europe, premiering works by contemporaries like Antonín Dvořák, the Kneisel Quartet became a force in the world of 20th-century chamber music, one whose influence still resonates today. Playing the Library’s incomparable Stradivari instruments, the Miró recreates a concert the Kneisel performed at St. Paul’s venerable Schubert Club over a century ago. This special “salon evening” gathers a charming bouquet, sampling works by Mozart, Franck and Glière, adding a Servais showpiece for cello—a staple of Kneisel programs—and as a top note, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden.”


Quartet in B-flat major, K.458


Quartet in A major, op. 2, III: Andante con variazioni


String Quartet in D major, II: Scherzo: Vivace


Fantasie sur deux Airs Russes, op. 13


Quartet in D minor, “Death and the Maiden,” D. 810

6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion