The Chiara String Quartet is recording Johannes Brahms’s Complete String Quartets and the String Quintet No. 2 in G Major
Chiara Quartet Records Complete Brahms String Quartets from Memory, on a Bank!
Thank you for visiting the Chiara Quartet’s Kickstarter page! We're excited to share our latest project with you: a recording of Johannes Brahms’s Complete String Quartets and the String Quintet No. 2 in G Major with Grammy Award-winning violist and former member of the Takács String Quartet, Roger Tapping. Our recording takes place at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY. This unusual concert hall, built on top of a bank, has hosted performances by such world-renowned artists as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Yehudi Menuhin, and Arthur Rubinstein. In October 2011, we recorded Brahms’s first two string quartets there, and we'll return in April 2012 to record the String Quartet No. 3 and the String Quintet No. 2. The fabulous Judith Sherman - ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner in 1993, 2007, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year - is recording and producing the entire Brahms album. Judy was the producer on our last album, Jefferson Friedman: Quartets (New Amsterdam Records), and we feel extremely fortunate to work with her again.
Many of you are familiar with our commitment to commissioning and performing newly written works. Our aforementioned recording of Jefferson Friedman’s String Quartets was nominated for the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, and we recently completed a commissioning project called Creator/Curator for which we commissioned four young composers and performed their works in various concert halls and clubs around the country. In addition, ASCAP and Chamber Music America honored us with an award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music for the 2010-2011 season.
So why tackle some of the most traditional string quartets in the repertory - Brahms?! First of all, we have always connected strongly to these pieces of music; we’ve played the quartets of Brahms for over seven years, and the richness that Brahms demands from the quartet has come to define our sound and identity as a group. In making a recording of these pieces our goal is ultimately to bring new light to the works: to record them as if they had been newly written for us to present to a 21st century audience. In order to find freshness and depth in our recording we recorded Brahms’s String Quartet Nos. 1 and 2 in October 2011 from memory (by heart!), and we will do the same for the remaining pieces on the album.You can help us finish our seven-year journey. We still need funding to make our Brahms recording possible; our October recording sessions were sponsored by a private donor, and we were recently awarded a 2012 Faculty Research/Creative Activity Grant from the University of Nebraska’s Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, which has also helped to fund the project. Your Kickstarter donations will finance the Brahms recording sessions in April 2012 and the necessary editing that will take place in the summer of 2012. Please consider making a donation if you are able. As always, thank you for your unending support.
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