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Eybler Quartet: Time Uncharted

Americas Society

December 12, 2019


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Except for the works of Joseph de Bologne, string quartets written in the Western hemisphere in the late 1700s and early 1800s are scarcely known, even in the region. Recent archival research in Bolivia, Venezuela, and elsewhere has revealed a corpus of works rich in unique technical devices, instrumental virtuosity, and local inspiration.

For this program, Eybler gives the US premieres of Pedro Ximénez de Abrill Tirado’s Quartet Op.55, written in the 1820s in Arequipa, whose slow movement is based on an traditional Andean yaravi. This mostly unknown composer was active in particularly tumultuous times during his countries' history, and played a formative role in the development of local music.

The program also includes Beethoven’s Quartet Op. 18 No. 5. 

This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene, devoted to early music of the Americas.



Joseph Haydn: String Quartet Op. 33 No.1 in B minor (Hob. III: 37), IV

About the Artists

The Eybler Quartet came together in late 2004 to explore the works of the first century and a half of the string quartet, with a healthy attention to lesser known composers such as their namesake, Joseph Leopold Edler von Eybler. The group brings a unique combination of talents and skills: razor-sharp ensemble skills, technical prowess, expertise in period instrument performance and an unquenchable passion for the repertoire. The Toronto- based ensemble’s live performances have consistently garnered praise as “glowing and committed”, “spirited” and “lively and energizing”. Their recording of Joseph Haydn’s Op. 33 String Quartets for the Analekta label was called “simply a treasure” by Early Music America, “the tempos are beautifully chosen, the ensemble perfect, and the intonation absolutely pure. This is music-making that reflects the deeply human and attractive qualities found in Haydn the composer—good humor, wit, and invention.” Their recording with clarinetist Jane Booth won praise from Gramophone for being “totally engaging performances that breathe life into Backofen’s music”. Their most recent release, Beethoven Quartets, Opus 18 nos. 1-3 garnered this praise from Gramophone: “…the revelations flood in: the swiftness with which the Eyblers take the great Adagio of Op. 18 No. 1 allows violinist Aisslinn Nosky’s almost vibrato-free period-instrument tone to sound breathtakingly fragile.” Violinist Julia Wedman and violist Patrick G. Jordan are members of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Violinist Aisslinn Nosky is concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society and Principal Guest Conductor of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra; Julia and Aisslinn are also members of I FURIOSI Baroque Ensemble. Cellist Margaret Gay is much in demand as both a modern and period instrument player. This summer the group will again be on the faculty at the Banff Centre as part of the EQ: Evolution of the String Quartet program.