The Ariel String Quartet: Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Shostakovich | Mahawie Performing Arts Center | Music | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
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The Ariel String Quartet: Tchaikovsky, Arensky, Shostakovich 

When: Sat., March 17, 6-8 p.m.
Phone: (413) 528-0100
Price: $50 orchestra/$27 balcony/$15 students
Three 19th and 20th century Russian works create a trajectory through recent Russian history. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 1 is said to have moved Tolstoy to tears. Mystical, monastic, with two-cello richness that conjures a Russian Orthodox choir, Arensky’s homage to Tchaikovsky, the Quartet Op. 35, stands between Tsarist pre-Revolution and post-Revolution dictatorships. In Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3, he composed with Stalin looking over his shoulder and the movements have coded titles like “Blithe ignorance of the future cataclysm”. The Ariel Quartet presents a program rich in Russian lore, Slavic emotionalism, sparkling wit, Soviet-era sarcasm, and dazzling virtuosity.
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