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Catch of the day.

WQXR “Trout Week”: Ebène Quartet at the Greene Space
The New York Times, April 7, 2011

Between musical selections midway through this show, host Bill McGlaughlin asked the members of the Ebène Quartet how many concerts they present in a typical year. Around 120 was the response.

After a few more tunes – “Misirlou,” “Libertango,” the Beatles’ “Come Together” – McGlaughlin inquired about the quartet’s current U.S. tour, which brings the group to Weill Recital Hall for a nearly sold-out concert on Friday, April 8.

“18 days, 15 concerts,” one member said. (I didn’t catch which one.) “And about 25 planes,” another added. General murmurs of disbelief and admiration could be heard among audience members. “Don’t wear yourselves out,” McGlaughlin advised the young musicians.

Mathieu Herzog, the Ebène’s consistently droll violist, shrugged off concern. “We play classical music during this tour,” he offered, reassuringly.

True: the group’s repertoire at Weill will include Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet, Bartók’s Third Quartet and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor. But if you’ve heard the kind of intensity the Ebène Quartet brings to the standard repertoire, you know that Herzog’s brush-off actually provided no reassurance at all. If you haven’t, here’s a bit of Beethoven, filmed at last year’s Verbier Festival, to get you caught up.

Playlist

RoarethActs I-VI (Maple Forum)

King CrimsonSun Plaza Hall, Sendai, Japan, Oct. 13, 1995 (DGMLive)

Benny GolsonBenny Golson’s New York Scene (Fantasy)

Darius Jones/Matthew ShippCosmic Lieder (AUM Fidelity; due Apr. 12)

Becca Stevens BandWeightless (Sunnyside; due Apr. 19)

Black SabbathLos Angeles 1994 (Live Storm bootleg)

Various ArtistsXXL 2011 Freshman Class: The Mixtape (XXL)

FurthurLive at Radio City Music Hall, Mar. 26, 2011 (self-released)

Kyle Bobby DunnWays of Meaning (Desire Path; due in May)

Shinji MasukoWoven Music (Brah; due Apr. 26)

Dave DouglasCharms of the Night Sky (Winter & Winter)

Cecil TaylorDark to Themselves (Enja)

C.P.E. Bach – Six Harpsichord Concertos – Andreas Staier, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra/Petra Müllejans (Harmonia Mundi; due Apr. 12)

SleepSleep’s Holy Mountain (Earache)

AgogicAgogic (Tables & Chairs)

Modern Jazz QuartetThe Complete Last Concert (Atlantic)

Van der Graaf GeneratorA Grounding in Numbers (Esoteric)

Anaal NathrakhPassion (Candlelight; due May 17)

Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman SultanbekovCut (Cantaloupe)

Leb LazeMusic for Troubled Machinery (Asthmatic Kitty)

NOW EnsembleAwake (New Amsterdam; due Apr. 26)

ProjeKct FourFox Theatre, Boulder, CO, Oct. 24, 1998 (DGMLive)

Andy AkihoNo One to Know One (Innova)

Paul ElwoodStanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home (Innova)

John Luther AdamsFour Thousand Holes; …and bells remembered… – Stephen Drury, Scott Deal, Callithumpian Consort (Cold Blue)

Anthony BraxtonThree Orchestras (GTM) 1998 (New Braxton House)

Donnacha DennehyGrá agus Bás; That the Night Come – Iarla O’Lionáird, Dawn Upshaw, Crash Ensemble/Alan Pierson (Nonesuch; due May 3)

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