Calidore String Quartet | Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor" - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 13

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Haydn: String Quartet Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor" - Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 13

by Calidore String Quartet

Debut disc by award-winning string quartet.
Genre: Classical: String Quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor": I. Allegro
7:12 $1.29
2. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor": II. Poco adagio; Cantabile
7:15 $1.29
3. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor": III. Menuetto: Allegro
4:36 $1.29
4. String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor": IV. Finale: Presto
5:41 $1.29
5. String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13: I. Adagio — Allegro vivace
7:54 $1.29
6. String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13: II. Adagio non lento
7:47 $1.29
7. String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13: III. Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto — Allegro di molto
5:03 $1.29
8. String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 13: IV. Presto — Adagio non lento
9:40 $1.29
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Album Notes
Our debut recording has its genesis in our very first rehearsal. Mendelssohn’s Op. 13 lay open on our stands. From the first notes played of the warm and tender opening chorale, we felt the energy and spirit of Mendelssohn’s writing come to life through our musical communication with one another. We have performed Op. 13 in numerous concerts since, and each time it is like reuniting with an old friend or returning home. Our feeling of reunion parallels how Mendelssohn "returns home" to the opening chorale in the final hushed moments of the work. The emotional journey that is Mendelssohn's Op. 13 reminds us of the start of our own journey as the Calidore String Quartet.

We met in 2008 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. During our time at Colburn, we became friends, discovered each other’s individual musical voices, and even played chamber music together in the days before Calidore. In the fall of 2010, with a burning passion for quartet playing, Jeff and Estelle set out to form a permanent ensemble. Jeremy came highly recommended by the faculty and joined as the violist. Jeff and Ryan had known each other for years, as competitors in high school on the junior national chamber music competition circuit. At the Aspen Music Festival and School they became great friends and discovered their mutual aspiration to one day be in a professional string quartet. Their commitment to this dream was realized in 2011 when Ryan joined the ensemble. Crafting the quartet's name by combining “California,” where the idea of our group took root, and the French word for “golden,” (doré), as a second nod to the Golden State, the Calidore String Quartet was born.

Mendelssohn composed his Op. 13 at the incredibly young age of 18 and filled this music with the drama and overt emotion of the Romantic era. However, we, the interpreters of his music, live in a modern age, with electric cars instead of horse and buggy and Facebook updates with hashtags instead of letter writing. Yet the joys, sorrows and trials of youth, which Mendelssohn explores in Op. 13, are emotions we still experience as young people of the 21st century. In fact, we are inspired to play the music of Mendelssohn, Haydn, and others because of their palpable expressions of joy, humor, anger, depression, and love that transcend the expanse of time through their immortal works.

Many string quartets face the challenge of finding a unique sound world and style for each composer they play. While interpreting the music of young Mendelssohn can demand playing of feverish intensity, the challenge of Haydn's music, particularly the "Emperor" Quartet, lies in feeling the swinging rhythm of a Viennese minuet, finding the tempo and soulful quality of a national anthem, and even making our string instruments simulate the bleating tone of bagpipes. To refine these qualities of Haydn's music, we sought the mentorship of some of today’s most legendary musicians, including Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), André Roy, Guillaume Sutre (Ysaÿe Quartet), Günther Pichler and Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet) and the members of the Ebéne, Artemis, Tokyo, and the Emerson Quartets.

Haydn begins the "Emperor" Quartet with four distinct fragments. Each fragment has a completely new character and emotion from the one before it. Yet when linked together these fragments form a coherent introduction that elegantly combines optimism and wit. In this way, the four statements in the opening serve as a metaphor for our quartet. We are four individuals with unique musical voices (and we are also quite the characters). But when the music calls for a spirited virtuosic union or a solemn chorale, we meld our spirits into one, as in the hymn of the second movement of the "Emperor."

Preparing the Mendelssohn and Haydn for recording is the fulfillment of a dream. We dedicate this recording to all our mentors, supporters, and family to whom we owe so much. This album is a statement of our beliefs, spirit, and knowledge acquired over our years of studying music and growing together as a quartet. We hope this recording will teach you more about who we are and that you will enjoy listening to these great masterpieces as much as we have enjoyed performing them!

Estelle, Jeff, Jeremy, and Ryan



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