Selected by / Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 14, KV 387
Péter Eötvös Korrespondenz
Each day in Selected By a quartet will present two major works of its own choice in a one-hour performance without interval. The juxtaposition of the two pieces creates a strong contrast or tension, while in some cases their musical impact is reinforced by their relationship to each other.
Newly arrived on the Viennese music scene at the age of 26, Mozart began composing his fourteenth string quartet, the first of a set that he dedicated to Haydn. He had extensively studied Haydn’s quartets and was deeply impressed by his style – each instrument with its fully fledged voice, the quartet ideally balanced; every aspect well thought out and in perfect proportion.
In terms of timbre the Hungarian composer Eötvös may be Mozart’s complete opposite; however, he drew his inspiration for Korrespondenz from the letters Mozart and his father wrote to each other. The work’s intrinsic, overwhelming tension keeps the listener riveted until the very end.