Handel and Haydn Society: Rowe’s Lane Quartet
April 16, 2014
The Handel and Haydn Society, celebrating its Bicentennial in 2015, presents the Rowe’s Lane Quartet in a performance of works by two of the great exemplars of the Viennese classical style, Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as music by the lesser-known George Onslow. Hear these talented H&H musicians share their knowledge and demonstrate their virtuosity in an intimate performance and discussion.
On the program are Haydn’s String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1 and Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major, K. 157. This first of the so-called “Sun Quartets," Haydn’s E-flat major quartet reveals the Austrian composer’s ingenuity in creating chamber music of greater weight, wit, and sophistication than what had come before. Mozart’s youthful C major quartet abounds with winning melodies and rich textures. It is one of Mozart's early forays into the string quartet genre. The program concludes with charming variations by seldom-heard, 19th-century composer George Onslow.
The Rowe’s Lane Quartet will play these works on instruments dating approximately from the time they were written, the mid- to late- 18th century. The concert will include a discussion of period instruments and context around the pieces and composers. There will also be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.
The performers are Julia McKenzie and Laura Gulley, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; and Sarah Freiberg, cello. Rowe's Lane Quartet was named for a street in Boston that in 1800 was the site of America's first music school.