The Bergonzi String Quartet is tuning up, preparing to continue the grand tradition that is the Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle. Headquartered at the University of Miami and named for the famous violin maker Carlo Bergonzi, the Bergonzi is performing at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday to conclude this year’s Slee season.
Tonight’s quartets, as tradition decrees, are the Quartet in A, Op. 18, No. 5; and the Quartet in B Flat, Op. 130. Friday’s concert begins with the early Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 and ends with the Quartet Op. 59, No. 2, whose boisterous Russian themes give away its identity as one of the “Razumovsky” Quartets, dedicated to Beethoven’s Russian patron. In between these quartets comes the valedictory Quartet in F, Op. 135. A music website called www.earsense.org sums up its slow movement: “Stark, hymnlike, humble and deep, it will slowly and perfectly break your heart.” – Mary Kunz Goldman
Slee Beethoven Quartet Cycle with the Bergonzi String Quartet – When: 7:30 p.m. today and Friday. Where: Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst. Admission: $12 in advance, $25 at the door. Info: 645-2921.