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High rising French quartet arrives in Beall

  • Feb 23, 2012
Named one of the "hottest chamber groups in the world" by NPR Music, the Ebène Quartet has won accolades from the Wall Street Journal to Gramophone magazine for their artistry and talent. And while the players are equally at home with Miles Davis and Springsteen as they are with the classic quartet repertoire, Mozart, Schubert and Tchaikovsky are on the program when the Ebène Quartet concludes the ChamberMusic@Beall season Sunday March 4 at 5 pm (note a later start than usual). Their latest CD, FICTION, made NPR's 2011 list of the Top 10 Classical releases and the Top 50 of any CD. Hailed as "one of the standout quartets of a new generation" by The New York Times, the quartet has been honored as BBC Music Magazine’s 2009 Newcomer of the Year, was admitted to the esteemed BBC New Generation Artists Scheme, and  was awarded the First Prize of the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich. The quartet won "Recording of the Year" at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for their CD of Debussy, Ravel, and Fauré string quartets, only the fourth time that a chamber ensemble has won this prestigious prize. While the FICTION disc really swings with a 16 pop and jazz tracks, featuring such female stars as Natalie Dessay and Spanish pop star Luz Casal, their Beall program proves their ability to breath fresh live into classics - check out the video above. For tickets, click online or call the Hult Center ticket office, 541-682-5000. Read All