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Jerusalem Quartet at the Barns

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Charles T. Downey, Jerusalem String Quartet exhibits dazzling coordination
Washington Post, March 5, 2012

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Shostakovich, String Quartets 1/4/9, Jerusalem Quartet
Political protests have dogged the Jerusalem String Quartet because of its association with the armed forces of its native Israel, including at a 2007 concert at the Library of Congress. Perhaps by going outside Washington, to the partially filled Barns at Wolf Trap on Friday night, the group avoided such trouble. Foreign policy grumblings, if there were any, vanished when the group played quartets by Beethoven, Debussy and Shostakovich.

This fine quartet, formed in 1993 when the members were conservatory students in Jerusalem, has made a series of recordings for Harmonia Mundi, none better than a pair of discs of Shostakovich quartets. No surprise, then, that Shostakovich’s eighth quartet stood out on this program, too, for the vigor of the interpretation, which kept one on the edge of one’s seat, and the overall quality of playing from all four musicians in dazzling coordination. [Continue reading]
Jerusalem String Quartet
Barns at Wolf Trap

  • Beethoven, Quartet in G Major Op. 18, No. 2 (played by the Talich Quartet)
  • Debussy, String Quartet in G Major (Michael Strasser on the origins of Debussy's string quartet)
  • Shostakovich, ninth string quartet (played by the Borodin Quartet), E-flat major, op. 117

- 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, Shostakovich
- Anti-Zionist protests, as recently as last year

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