At the Verbier Festival, the Ebene quartet performs works by Haydn and Mendelssohn.
The Ebene Quartet has been recognized since 2008 as an eminent chamber ensemble: renowned for their ability to mix several genres, its musicians have been acclaimed as much in their performances of masterworks in the classical repertoire as in the way they perform jazz music. Invited in prestigious concert halls (Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London), the quartet won in particular a Victoire de la musique classique in 2010.
The Ebene Quartet first performs one of the most popular works Haydn composed in 1797, in a period when he acquired a great musical maturity. The String quartet in C major named "The Emperor" might be one of the quartet which has the most symphonic shape among the 68 string quartets he composed. Between lightness and dignity, this quartet seems like a joyful dialog between the instruments, a subtlelty created in particular by the counterpoints the composer developed in it.
Then the Ebene Quartet highlights Mendelssohn with his first String quartet in A Minor, op.13, a work he composed aged only 18, during the autumn 1827, that figure amongst the seven quartets he would have published. The music intensity and the lyrism that characterize this quartet reflect the cry of the young Mendelssohn after the death of his idol Beethoven during the spring.
The Ébène Quartet appears courtesy of Erato/Warner Classics.
Verbier Festival 2008
Verbier Festival 2010