Critic’s Choice

Wed Jan 16, 2019 at 11:46 am

The Escher String Quartet plays works by Per Nørgård and William Bolcom at Rose Studio on Thursday. Photo: Sarah Skinner

The Escher String Quartet plays works by Per Nørgård and William Bolcom at Rose Studio on Thursday. Photo: Sarah Skinner

Regular patrons of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will be familiar with their eclectic programming, presenting concerts that combine various styles, eras, and configurations in one evening. Less well known, but eminently worth celebrating, is their running series of concerts entirely of contemporary music in the Rose Studio, upstairs from Alice Tully Hall.

This Thursday’s program features two dark, powerful works, Per Nørgård’s String Quartet No. 10, “Høsttidløs,” and William Bolcom’s Suite for Violin and Cello. Nørgård’s is the more immediately chilling of the two, with its harsh textures and frigid harmonic language, but Bolcom’s Suite achieves an emotional impact of its own, especially in its meditative, somber central movement. Rounding out the program are Ed Bennett’s For Marcel Dzama for piano trio and the New York premiere of Anthony Cheung’s All Roads for piano quintet.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs works by Per Nørgård, William Bolcom, Ed Bennett, and Anthony Cheung at 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM Thursday in the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center. chambermusicsociety.org; 212-875-5788.


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