( Sat., Feb. 18, 2012 )
Reynolds Industries Theater, 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Haydn: String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 20/2; Enescu: Octet in C, Op. 7; & Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 16
The Ciompi has been Duke's resident string quartet for over four decades, while [the] Borromeo — with first violinist Nicholas Kitchen, who was raised in Durham — has been gathering major awards since 1992. At Reynolds, these exquisite ensembles combine their talents in two sumptuous octets, one blending late-Romantic styles with early modernism that Romanian prodigy George Enescu wrote when he was only 19, and another that Mendelssohn wrote at the unbelievable age of 16. Meanwhile, Ciompi's individual performance of Haydn's String Quartet No. 2 tempers the precocious program with an august maturity.
Related event: 2/14 Lunchtime Concert - noon - Gothic Reading Room, Perkins Library: Haydn: String Quartet in D, Op. 20/4, & Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 4 in D, Op. 83 - free.
$20, students $5 .