Cuarteto Casals, Chamber Music at the Clark

Sunday, February 26, 2023
2:00 pm PST – 4:00 pm PST

William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
2520 Cimarron Street

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at 12 noon on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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Joseph Haydn  (1732–1809)
Quartet in A Major, op. 20 no. 6

I. Allegro di molto e scherzando
II. Adagio
III. Minuet–Trio
IV. Fuga con 3 soggetti

György Ligeti (1923–2006)
String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes

I. Allegro grazioso
II. Vivace, capriccioso
III. Adagio, mesto
IV. Presto
V. Andante tranquillo
VI. Tempo di Valse, moderato, con eleganza, un poco capriccioso
VII. Allegretto, un poco gioviale
VIII. Prestissimo


Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, op. 51

I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Quasi Minuetto, moderato
IV. Finale. Allegro non assai

Cuarteto Casals
Vera Martinez, violin
Abel Tomàs, violin
Jonathan Brown, viola
Arnau Tomàs, cello

Founded in 1997 at the Escuela Reina Sofía in Madrid, Cuarteto Casals’ 25th anniversary will be celebrated in the 2022–23 season. Highlights of the 2021–22 season include the opening concert at the String Quartet Week at Boulez Saal in Berlin in May 2022, performances at the String Quartet Biennales in Paris and Lisbon, and at the Quartet Weekend in Lugano in January 2022, as well as a US tour in February 2022. Additionally, some concerts with orchestra are planned: e.g. in Barcelona with the Orquestra Simfónica and in Amsterdam with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Other highlights include concerts at Flagey in Brussels, at the Schwetzinger SWR Festpiele, and at L’Auditori in Barcelona.

Since winning First Prizes at the London and Brahms-Hamburg competitions, Cuarteto Casals has been a repeated guest at the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Cologne, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, among many others around the world. Since September 2020 the quartet has been  Artistic Director of the String Quartet Biennale Barcelona.

The quartet has compiled a substantial discography with the harmonia mundi label, including to date 15 CDs, with repertoire ranging from lesser known Spanish composers Arriaga and Toldrá to Viennese classics Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Brahms, through 20th century greats Debussy, Ravel and Zemlinsky, as well as a live Blu-ray recording of the complete Schubert quartets for Neu Records. In May 2020, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, the third box set of a three-volume recording of his quartets was released on the harmonia mundi label; all three volumes received great critical acclaim.

A prize from the prestigious Burletti-Buitoni Trust in London enabled the quartet to begin a collection of matching Baroque and Classical period bows which it uses for works from Purcell through Schubert, refining its ability to distinguish between diverse musical styles. In addition, the quartet has been profoundly influenced by its work with living composers, especially György Kurtág, and has given the world premiere of quartets written by leading Spanish composers, including a new concerto for string quartet and orchestra by Francisco Coll, premiered with the Orquesta Nacional de España.

In recognition of its unique contributions to the cultural life within Catalunya and throughout Spain, Cuarteto Casals has been acknowledged as cultural ambassadors by the Generalitat of Catalunya and the Institut Ramon Lull, as well as the Ministerio de Cultura. Past awards include the Premio Nacional de Música, the Premi Nacional de Cultura de Catalunya, and the Premi Ciutat Barcelona. The quartet performs yearly on the extraordinary collection of decorated Stradivarius instruments in the Royal Palace in Madrid.

Cuarteto Casals often appears on television and radio throughout Europe and North America, and in addition to giving much sought-after masterclasses is quartet in residence at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag, and at the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, where all four members reside.

Cuarteto Casals is represented by Arts Management Group:

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Chamber Music at the Clark is made possible by The Ahmanson Foundation; The Colburn Foundation; Martha Bardach; Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Ph.D. and Barbara Timmer; Dr. Rogers Brubaker; Patricia N. Chock; Dr. Susan Harris and Mark Harris; Judy Hellinger; Henry J. Bruman Endowment for Chamber Music; Dr. Sheldon H. Kardener and Monika Olofsson Kardener; Elaine and Bernie Mendes; Janet Minami; Bette I. and Jeffrey L. Nagin; Dr. Jeanne Robson; Carol E. Sandberg; Jackie Schwartz; Dr. Patricia Bates Simun and Mr. Richard V. Simun Memorial Fund; Patricia Waldron, M.D., and Richard Waldron; and Roberta and Robert Young.