Da Camera presents Brentano Quartet: The Quartet as Autobiography
When the great British composer Benjamin Britten, renowned for his opera and vocal works, began his third and final string quartet in 1975, he had not composed for the form in 30 years. Written after his last opera, Death in Venice - quoted in the work’s last movement - String Quartet No. 3 is an intensely moving autobiographical work, a final testament composed in Britten's last year.
The Quartet is the centerpiece of Brentano Quartet: The Quartet as Autobiography. The renowned Brentano Quartet are joined by violist and frequent collaborator Hsin-Yun Huang for Mozart’s Quintet for Strings in G Minor, K. 516. Huang and pianist Sarah Rothenberg perform Danish composer Poul Ruders’s Romances for viola and piano, commissioned by Da Camera for Huang’s recording Viola Viola.