Cramer Quartet
  • August 14, 2022 - 3:00 PM
  • Gordon Hall, Music Mountain

Cramer Quartet

(Sun Quartets Concert #3/6)   

+ 1:30 pm: Pre-Concert Talk with Cramer Quartet and composer Alexandra du Bois

HAYDN String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20 #2
DU BOIS String Quartet #6 (in response to Haydn’s Opus 20 quartets)
HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76 #1

First Music Mountain performance by a string quartet using period instruments, playing in the style of the 18th century

The Cramer Quartet comprises four young women virtuosi who have dedicated the last two years to the study of Haydn’s work, in particular the Op. 20 quartets, "Sun Quartets." Their instruments are Classical era models—gut strings, smaller necks, Classical bows, and tuned to a mellower A=430 Hz (vs. the modern pitch A=440 Hz). The result is a sound, technique, and style with which Haydn was familiar and for which he wrote his great quartets. The resulting sound is beautiful, colorful, and insightful.

With period instruments and an invigorating historically informed approach...

The Cramer Quartet brings uncommon warmth, transparency, and texture to Classical and early Romantic repertoire as well as commissioned works that explore and expand the sound world of gut strings. The quartet’s stylish, nuanced interpretations and visionary approach to programming stimulate dialogue around old and new works, inviting audiences to listen with fresh ears. We know that as one of Music Mountain’s sophisticated listeners, you will be enlightened, enriched, and entertained to hear Haydn's master string quartets as the master himself imagined them.