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Orchestra & Chamber Music
Danish String Quartet

BACH
Fugue No. 24 in B minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
BEETHOVEN
String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
SCHNITTKE
String Quartet No. 3
The "infectiously appealing" (San Francisco Chronicle) Danes are back—this time with a brilliant program from their Prism series, which matches a late Beethoven string quartet with a related fugue by Bach and a work from the contemporary quartet literature. The latest addition to Cal Performances' elite family of annual chamber music visitors, the Danish String Quartet has soared to the top of the music world, universally praised for performances of restrained beauty, earthy dynamism, and breathtaking precision. This program revolves around Beethoven's massive and mysterious Grosse Fuge, which borrows thematic material from Bach's Fugue in B minor and is quoted in the opening passages of Soviet composer Alfred Schnittke's restless, obsessive Third Quartet of 1983.

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Sat, Nov 9, 2019, 10am
Morrison Hall (Rooms 117, 125, 128, and 135)
Members of the Danish String Quartet will lead four separate master classes for UC Berkeley string musicians in the music department. Repertoire will be announced. Free and open to observers. (Please note: the Danish String Quartet performance on Nov 10 is sold out.)

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Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]