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Atrium String Quartet Recommended Free All Ages Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., Feb. 4, 12:15 p.m. 2009

The Atrium String Quartet, formed in 2000 at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory but now residing in Berlin, has distinguished itself by winning international string quartet competitions in London (2003) and Bordeaux (2007). Their most recent recording delivers a bold rendition of Beethoven (Quartet no. 10, op. 74) that should deepen with time and an extra­ordinary performance of Shostakovich (Quartet no. 5, op. 92) that pours from them like their own blood. This vibrant quartet, on its first U.S. tour, brings a program of Schubert and Prokofiev to the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. First is Schubert’s Quartettsatz in C Minor, D. 703, the opening movement of an unfinished 12th string quartet, which moves away from its predecessors toward the darker romanticism of late Schubert. Prokofiev’s Quartet no. 2 in F Major, op. 92, written when the composer was evacuated to the Caucasus to escape the German advance, is a well-crafted and appealing though surprisingly literal concoction of the region’s folk tunes and dances. —Steve Langendorf

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