Concert Program IV


This eclectic program celebrates both a beloved instrument and classical music’s most rigorous contrapuntal form. Arguably the king of musical innovators, Joseph Haydn took from the past and created the future, as in his Opus 20 Quartet which begins with a cello solo (a historical first) and concludes with a lively fugue that could have come straight from the pen of J.S. Bach. From cellist-composers Luigi Boccherini and Michael Finckel (David Finckel’s cousin) to the Frenchman Alexandre Tansman and the Russian Aleksandr Glazunov, we will hear cellos throughout this concert in delightful combinations, even cello quartets, with exhilarating fugues popping up unexpectedly.

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Joseph Haydn(1732–1809)
String Quartet in C major, op. 20, no. 2, Hob. III:32, Sun (1772)
Luigi Boccherini(1743–1805)
String Quintet in E major, op. 49, no. 1, G. 365 (1794)
Alexandre Tansman(1897–1986)
Two Movements for Four Cellos (1935)
Michael Finckel(Born 1945)
The Red Cow Is Dead for Four Cellos and Narrator (1965)