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Featured Album: Cypress String Quartet’s Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets

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Cypress String Quartet

Cypress String Quartet from San Francisco, California has released their newest album, Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets, which features five quartets from Opp. 59, 74, and 95. Beethoven began writing these in 1806, just after he finished premiering his Eroica Symphony. These works are challenging and hard to understand. During this time period music for string quartet was a genre that was enjoyed privately among die hard music lovers, so these quartets are almost experimental in a sense. Cypress takes on these string quartets with ease, performing them beautifully.

Cypress recently stopped by our performance studio at Classical 90.5 to talk with Daniel Gilliam about their journey to record and perform all of the Beethoven String Quartets. They also treated us to a special performance of Erwin Schulhoff’s Cavatine from Divertimento for String Quartet. Members Jennifer Kloetzel and Tom Stone discussed their recordings of Beethoven’s middle and late string quartets, and their plans to record his early quartets this June. They also described their Call and Response program, which pairs a newly commissioned work from a living composer with a standard masterpiece. This program reaches out to students all over the San Francisco Bay Area, creating new classical music lovers of all ages. Members of Cypress include Cecily Ward and Tom Stone on violin, Ethan Filner on viola, and Jennifer Kloetzel on cello.

You can purchase Cypress String Quartet’s newest album Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets on iTunes, and you can also purchase their first release of the quartets, Beethoven: The Late String Quartets on iTunes. Stay tuned for their release of Beethoven’s early string quartets.

Here is a video of Cypress String Quartet performing the second movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet in Bb Major, Opus 130: II. Presto.

Kentucky Center Stage: Bela Fleck and Brooklyn Rider

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This week on Kentucky Center Stage (Saturday at 6pm), the first of two broadcasts of legendary banjo-player Bela Fleck and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. They performed at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville last November on the heels of Fleck’s album The Impostor.

Quartetto di Cremona

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Our Featured Album is all Beethoven with Quartetto di Cremona. Here they are playing Webern’s ultra-romantic Langsamer Satz.

Cypress String Quartet and Dvořák’s “American”

Their next album, to be released February 12th, is our Featured Album this week. Here’s an introduction to the Cypress String Quartet.