Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 3:00pm
Beall Concert Hall
961 East 18th Avenue, Eugene, OR
String Quartet, op. 64, no. 5 in D major, “The Lark” (1790)
Joseph Hayd (1732-1809)
Menuetto – Allegretto
String Quartet, op. 18 no. 1 in F major (1799)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Allegro con brio
Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
Scherzo: Allegro molto
Clarinet Quintet, op 34 (1815)
Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826)
Fantasia. Adagio ma non troppo
Menuetto. Capriccio Presto
Rondo. Allegro giojoso
One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, The London Haydn Quartet was born out of a passion for Haydn. they have received invitations to many of the most important concert series in UK, USA, Canada, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. The London Haydn Quartet’s series of recordings of Haydn’s quartets on the Hyperion label (the op 9, op 17, op 20, op 33, op 50 and op 54/55 quartets to date) have met with international critical acclaim. The quartet has given recitals of all-Haydn programmes at New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Cheltenham Festival, Utrecht Festival, Bath Mozartfest, Klara Festival the Granada International Festival and at Haydn festivals in Esterhazy, Lincoln and Lyon and the English Haydn Festival.
In collaboration with period clarinettist Eric Hoeprich with whom they also recorded the Brahms and Mozart quintets on the Glossa label, their recent concerts have included a tour of the USA and Canada including a recital at the Library of Congress, and appearances in Serbia, Switzerland, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Last season's highlights include the quartet's Australian debut with performances at the Melbourne Festival and the Sydney Opera House and a return to Canada for a series of concerts across the country. Recent events this season for the London Haydn Quartet have included a series of five concerts in Germany and a tour in the USA with concerts in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Milwaukee and finishing at Yale University. This summer the quartet will give a series of five concerts at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte-Saint-André and in the Autumn they will appear in Singapore and Japan.
“The musicians imbued both works with myriad details of shading and contrast, and beautifully calibrated phrasing”
New York Times, January 2014
Eric Hoeprich is one of the world's leading exponents of the historical clarinet. He was born in Baltimore, MD, and has an honors degree in philosophy from Harvard. He teaches at the Paris Conservatoire, Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. For the past thirty years he has specialized in performing on the historical clarinet. His expertise as a musician, scholar, and instrument maker allows for a unique approach to the solo clarinet repertoire of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
As a founding member and principal clarinet of Frans Brüggen’s Orchestra of the 18th Century, Hoeprich has performed frequently as a soloist with this orchestra, as well as with many of the major early music ensembles in Europe, the United States, and Australia under conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Herreweghe, and Jos van Immerseel. With Brüggen’s orchestra Hoeprich has recorded the basset clarinet version of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto for the Glossa label.
Hoeprich’s activities as a chamber musician also take him around the world, both with his own ensembles and as a guest with numerous string quartets and pianists. For a recent recording on Glossa of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet (for which he again plays the rare basset clarinet) coupled with the Brahms Quintet, he was joined by the London Haydn Quartet (with the quartet using gut strings and classical bows). His groups Nachtmusique (a Harmoniemusik ensemble) and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns) were both founded in the 1980s: with them Hoeprich has recorded music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Franz Krommer. He is also the author of The Clarinet (Yale University Press, 2008).