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      Danish String Quartet: Beethoven, Bartók and Bach in Costa Mesa

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      November 19, 2019

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      600 Town Center Drive
      Costa Mesa, California 92626

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      Danish String Quartet: Beethoven, Bartók and Bach

      Danish String Quartet: Beethoven, Bartók and Bach

      Since making its debut in 2002 at the Copenhagen Festival, the Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet has become one of the most sought-after quartets in the world, earning numerous accolades, including being named winner of the 11th London International String Quartet Competition and securing coveted appointments with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s highly regarded CMS Two program and with BBC Radio 3 as a New Generation Artist. The quartet was awarded the 2010 Nordmetall-Ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany; the Carl Nielsen Prize, the highest cultural honor in Denmark, in 2011; and the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. For this much anticipated return appearance, the DSQ pairs Beethoven’s Op. 131 quartet with Bach’s C-sharp minor fugue No. 4 (on which Beethoven based his canonical fugue from his Op. 131 quartet), and rounds out the program with Bartók’s A minor quartet. Bartók is widely considered the first composer to rival Beethoven in the string quartet medium, and scholars agree that there are direct links from Beethoven’s fugue and counterpoint from Op. 131 to the huge, slow fugue in the first movement of Bartók. During the quartet, however, Bartók writes himself out of Beethoven’s shadow, immersing himself in a new and completely valid style of music. Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Part of Beethoven@250.

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