Photo credit:
Jean-Baptiste Millot
QUATUOR HERMÈSOct. 6, 2019

Omer Bouchez - violin     Yung-Hsin Lou Chang - viola
Elise Liu - violin           Christine Lee - cello

Maturity, sincerity, finesse and intelligence are the words that come to mind when hearing the Quatuor Hermès. The great pianist Alfred Brendel called the ensemble “one of the finest promising young quartets” he has heard. It has been awarded first prizes, among others, at the Lyon International Competition (2009), the Geneva Competition (2011) and the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York (2012), following which the quartet was invited to make debut appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall. The French foursome joined forces as students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon in 2008. In 2012 their first disc appeared – music of Haydn and Beethoven. Subsequently they recorded the three quartets of Schumann, which has been highly praised in The Strad, France musique, and CHOC among others. Among the prestigious venues where they have performed are the Lockenhaus Festival, the Orangerie de Sceaux, Festival Radio France Montpellier, and the Crescendo Festival in Berlin. The four musicians were Artists in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel from 2012 to 2016.

2nd LMMC engagement.

PROGRAMME:

BEETHOVEN   String Quartet in C minor,
(1770-1827)        Opus 18 No. 4 (1800)
                              
Allegro ma non tanto
                               Scherzo: Andante scherzoso quasi allegretto
                               Menuetto: Allegretto
                               Allegro

HAHN               String Quartet No. 1 in A minor (1939)
(1874-1947)           Andante molto moderato
                               Récit et chanson de Provence: Lent
                               Andantino
                               Allegro assai

DVOŘÁK         String Quartet in F major, Opus 96 
(1841-1904)       ‘American’ (1893)
                             
Allegro ma non troppo
                              Lento
                              Molto vivace
                              Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

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