The Haydn Discovery Experience
Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809) is rightfully acknowledged as the “father” of the string quartet. He conceived the ensemble and the musical approach in a way that still serves as both a foundation and a point of departure today. And yet, Haydn is too often regarded as an opening act; pleasant appetizer music before the main course of a concert program. The St. Lawrence String Quartet, the current ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University, proposes a fresh look at that musical menu. In The Haydn Discovery Experience, first violinist Geoff Nuttall and his ensemble colleagues will reveal Haydn’s genius in an active-listening journey filled with history and musical insights focused on the Quartet in G minor, Opus 20, No. 3 that will prepare you for a close listen to a performance that was beautifully captured at Stanford’s Bing Hall. This special engagement serves as their third “visit” to Purdue, and comes directly on the heels of their 30th anniversary season and the release of their new “in-your-face exhilarating” (Los Angeles Times) recording featuring all six of the Haydn Opus 20 quartets.
String Quartet in G minor, Op.20, No.3 (1772)
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