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Buffalo Chamber Music Society: Schumann Quartet

Tuesday, March 3
Kleinhans Music Hall, 8:00 pm

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Mozart – Quartet in D major, K.499
Debussy – Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Mendelssohn – Quartet in E minor, Op.44, No.2


About the Schumann Quartet
Erik Schumann, violin
Ken Schumann, violin
Liisa Randalu, viola
Mark Schumann, cello

That moment when one doesn’t yet know what’s happening, eyes and ears wide open, looking for some kind of orientation. At the start of Beethoven’s ninth string quartet, for example. One unresolved chord after the other, and the four musicians relish the moment, accentuate – very subtly – the lack of orientation, reduce all knowledge to the absolute Now. The Schumann Quartet has reached a stage where anything is possible, because it has dispensed with certainties. This also has consequences for audiences, which from one concert to the next have to be prepared for all eventualities: “A work really develops only in a live performance,” the quartet says. “That is the ‘real thing’, because we ourselves never know what will happen. On the stage, all imitation disappears, and you automatically become honest with yourself. Then you can create a bond with the audience – communicate with it in music.”