They produce a dazzling palette of sounds, roaring like a full symphony or whispering at near-inaudibility.

The Washington Post

Chamber Music & Orchestra
Tetzlaff Quartet

Sat, Dec 5, 8pm
BEETHOVEN
String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
String Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
Sun, Dec 6, 3pm
BEETHOVEN
String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133
String Quartet in F major, Op. 135
The superlative Tetzlaff Quartet returns following its memorable Cal Performances debut in 2017—this time playing four of Beethoven's extraordinary late string quartets over two concerts. The group is named after siblings Christian (violin) and Tanja (cello) Tetzlaff, and each of its members enjoys a robust solo career in Europe, making stateside visits extremely rare events. Known for its warm, blended, and flowing sound in even the thorniest repertoire, the Tetzlaff promises to bring new insights to a program of canonic works revered for their emotional immediacy and technical complexity. "Supremely lyrical, exactingly detailed playing...an overwhelming performance" (The New York Times).

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