Greene County News
YELLOW SPRINGS — Chamber Music in Yellow Springs looks forward to welcoming back the accomplished Auryn Quartet from Germany for a concert of chamber music. This concert opens a season of European ensembles to play in the village.
It takes place 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 the First Presbyterian Church, 314 Xenia Ave.
Together now for three decades with all its original personnel, the quartet cites the Amadeus Quartet and Guarneri Quartet as its most profound influences early on. Traveling the world and performing at the top music festivals and venues, the Auryn has a large discography, including recordings of the complete Beethoven, Haydn and Brahms quartets. Of these recordings, critics have written rave reviews.
“… At times, the Auryn performances seem so close to what one sees unfolding on the printed score that it is possible to believe you are hearing directly what Beethoven had in mind,” a review by the The Gramophone said.
The four musicians of the Auryn Quartet (Matthias Lingenfelder and Jens Oppermann on violin, Stewart Eaton on viola, and Andreas Arndt on cello) play on Italian instruments: a Stradivari violin (1722, ex-Joachim), a Petrus Guarneri violin, a Brothers Amati viola (1616) and a Niccolo Amati cello.
In Yellow Springs, the Auryn will perform Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, op. 77/1. Among Haydn’s last works, published in 1801, op. 77 features a “conversational” style, with call and response interactions between the instruments.
Also featured on the program are Bela Bartok’s beautiful String Quartet No. 2, a three-movement piece sometimes thought of as depicting life episodes, and Three Pieces for String Quartet by Stravinsky, both written during World War I. Mozart’s K 465, known as the Dissonance Quartet, takes the Auryn back to the 19th century for the conclusion of the concert. The K 465 is one of the “Haydn Quartets” which Mozart dedicated to Joseph Haydn.
A pre-concert lecture to help familiarize audiences with the music begins at 6:45 p.m.
A season ticket to the five CMYS concerts this year is $100 for adults, $25 for full-time students, while individual concert tickets are $25 and $7, available on the web or at the door. After the concert, patrons are invited to join the musicians for dinner. Everyone is welcome, but reservations and a donation of $20 per person are required. Call 937-374-8800 at least four days in advance.
Tickets and more information about this concert and the rest of the seasaon can be found at cmys.org. See also the group’s website at www.aurynquartet.com.
Story courtesy of Chamber Music in Yellow Springs.