All Roads Lead to Italy

  • March 2, 2019 2:00 PM

Featuring: Miro Quartet

Daniel Ching, violin
William Fedkenheuer, violin
John Largess, viola
Joshua Gindele, cello


Wolf Italian Serenade
Schumann Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Mendelssohn Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?”

The Miró has been highly praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming.  Each season, the Miró performs throughout the world on many significant chamber music series and on the most prestigious concert stages.  Of a recent performance, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote: “Throughout the concert, the Miró gave lessons in the art of the string quartet shaping each of the night’s scores with a blend of refinement and vibrancy that drew the listener deeply inside the sonic arguments.”

CMSFW is pleased to present  this formidable ensemble performing  these  romantic works that are representative of  the great Italian romantic arts of the 19th century.  One can imagine a journey beginning with the Austrian composer, Hugo Wolf, picking up Schumann and Mendelssohn in Germany and then all heading south to Italy where their music is rooted in melody.

The Miro Quartet opens the concert with Wolf’s Italian Serenade. Wolf was an Austrian composer particularly noted for his art songs.  He wrote the Italian Serenade for string quartet in 1887.  In 1892, he transcribed it for orchestra.

The second work on the program is Schumann’s Quartet No. 1 in A minor, one of only three string quartets Schumann composed.  The three were first performed as a present for his wife Clara on her 23rd birthday.

The program’s finale is Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, "Ist es wahr?.” The music begins with a three-note rising motif to the words, "Ist es wahr?" ("Is it true?").

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