I have enjoyed my own participation in chamber music performance for many years. And naturally I have also developed a definite opinion about many professional groups of players, as it related to their interpretive excellence.
One of the all-time great groups, in my view, Is Austria’s Hagen Quartet. This group is composed of first violinist Lukas Hagen, his sister, Veronica Hagen, viola, and another brother, Clemens, who plays Cello. They are joined by German-born violin player, Rainer Schmidt.
I have admired the amazing work of this group, and I was also disappointed in that they rarely appeared in California, other than an occasional concert in Berkeley.
But this year is different: On November 2, 2014, the Hagen Quartet will give a concert in Carmel, California, at the Sunset Center.
Here is more about the quartet’s concert schedule during the next few weeks:
Be aware that the calendar below lists the DAY first, followed by the month and the year; the TIME is listed showing a 24 hour clock, so 16:00 = 4 PM
US – La Jolla / San Diego Sherwood Auditorium
US – Los Angeles / Santa Monica Mendelssohn Hall
US – Costa Mesa Segerstrom Center for the Arts
US – Tucson Leo Rich Theatre / Conv. Cent.
US – Napa Valley venue tba
US – San Francisco St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
US – Carmel CA Sunset Center Theater
I already have tickets for the Carmel concert, because – for me—this is a concert I cannot miss. Contact the Carmel Music society HERE for tickets or information.
Let me share with you some recorded performances, so you can judge for yourselves:
Here is The Hagen Quartet, performing the Mozart String Quartet No. 15 in D – minor K. 421:
And here they are in Beethoven’s String Quartet op. 135:
Finally, here they are in Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F – Allegro moderato, Très doux:
Now: do you see what I mean?
Tags: Hagen Quartet, Concert, Event, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel