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Daedalus Quartet (Min-Young Kim, violin; Matilda Kaul, violin; Jessica Thompson, viola; Thomas Kraines, cello); Brentano Quartet (Mark Steinberg, violin; Serena Canin, violin; Misha Amory, viola; Nina Lee, cello); William Fedkenheuer, violin (Octet only)
Felix Mendelssohn’s rousing Octet for Strings, composed when the wunderkind was just 16 years old, is one of the most beloved works in all of classical music. The celebrated Daedalus Quartet made its DACAMERA debut in this 2019 concert, joining DACAMERA favorites the Brentano Quartet for a spirited rendition of the masterpiece. The stream opens with a newly commissioned performance by the Brentano Quartet of two rarely-heard Mendelssohn pieces for string quartet, from the last year of his life, Theme and Variations and Scherzo, from 1847, and a conversation with the Brentano’s Mark Steinberg.
“One of the finest young groups to emerge in our current golden age of string quartets.” — The New Yorker on the Daedalus Quartet
“Perfection may be an impossible goal in art, as in life, but the Brentano comes close” — Cleveland Plain Dealer