Verdi and Puccini’s chamber music has the same singing qualities as their operas, but conveyed in the darker and more intimate voice of a string quartet. The concert also features Tchaikovsky’s epic and exciting love letter to Florence, a little-known gem by Boccherini, and a new arrangement for flute and string quartet by David Ludwig.
Luigi Boccherini Quintet for flute and strings
Giacomo Puccini Crisantemi (Crisanthemums), elegy for string quartet
Giuseppe Verdi String Quartet in E Minor
David Ludwig Canzoniere
Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70
Performers: Enso String Quartet, violist Richard Young, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and flutist Linda Chesis
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The ENSO STRING QUARTET has won numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild competition and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the words of Classical Voice, it is “one of the eminent string quartets of our era.” Apart from a busy touring and teaching schedule, the New York-based quartet has made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos label. In appraising the Enso’s Grammy-nominated album of works by Alberto Ginastera, the reviewer for MusicWeb International declared, “The performances here by the Enso Quartet from America are quite staggeringly brilliant. I don’t think I have been so thrilled by the sound of a string quartet in a long time.”
The Enso’s members (Maureen Nelson, violin; John Marcus, violin; Melissa Reardon, viola; and Richard Belcher, cello) all were drawn to the string quartet repertoire because of its richness and diversity. The Enso regularly performs the classics of the string quartet literature, but also champions lesser-known works that deserve to be heard, along with much contemporary music, including works the Enso has commissioned. The ensemble also performs many of its own transcriptions, including arrangements of 16th Century Renaissance music.
The Enso String Quartet first performed at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival in 2005. Find out more on the Enso String Quartet website.
RICHARD YOUNG Bio will be posted soon.
RAMAN RAMAKRISHNAN, cellist, has performed at the Festival as part of the Horszowski Trio, and as a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, with whom he won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. In addition to solo recitals, Mr. Ramakrishnan has performed chamber music on Caramoor’s “Rising Stars” series, at Bargemusic, with the Boston Chamber Music Society, and at many festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.
Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…