Escher String Quartet

Sunday, January 16, 2022
No charge for Four Arts members

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall, London. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has recently performed quartet cycles of Beethoven and Zemlinsky.

The 2021-22 season finds the Escher String Quartet touring the U.S. extensively, performing in numerous cities and venues including Lincoln Center and Rockefeller University (both in NYC), La Jolla, Detroit, Buffalo, Palm Beach, New Orleans, and Savannah among others.

The Escher String Quartet has made a distinctive impression throughout Europe, with recent debuts including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, London’s Kings Place, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall, Les Grands Interprètes Geneva, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Auditorium du Louvre. With a strong collaborative approach, the group has appeared at festivals such as the Heidelberg Spring Festival, Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, Dublin’s Great Music in Irish Houses, the Risør Chamber Music Festival in Norway, the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and the Perth International Arts Festival in Australia. The upcoming season sees the quartet return to its long time London home of Wigmore Hall, following debuts in Bilbao, Spain and recordings in Vienna, Austria with the pianist Andreas Haefliger.

In the fall of 2021 the quartet released its latest album, the complete quartets of Charles Ives and Samuel Barber (BIS). Recordings of the complete Mendelssohn Quartets, released on the BIS label in 2015-2017, were received with the highest critical acclaim. The Escher’s most recent recording – quartets of Dvorak, Borodin, and Tchaikovsky – was met with equal enthusiasm. The quartet has also recorded on the Naxos label, the complete Zemlinsky String Quartets in two volumes to accolades including five stars in the Guardian with “Classical CD of the Year”, a Recommendation in The Strad, “Recording of the Month” on MusicWeb International and a nomination for a BBC Music Magazine Award.



Adam Barnett-Hart, violin

Brendan Speltz, violin

Luke Fleming, viola*

Brook Speltz, cello

*Luke Fleming is filling in for Pierre Lapointe, viola

 January 16, 2022 

Program I

 Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”          HAYDN

Allegro con spirito


Menuet: Allegro

Finale: Allegro, ma non troppo

Il Tramonto (The Sunset) for voice and string quartet, P. 101               RESPIGHI

Tryptich for high voice and string quartet (1926)                          ARTHUR SHEPHERD

He it is

The day is no more

Light, my light



Program II

Song to the Moon (from the opera “Rusalka”)                        DVORAK

Quartet in F major, Op. 96 “American”       

Allegro ma non troppo


Molto vivace

Finale: Vivace ma non troppo

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