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Rossetti Piano Quartet

Date: Sun April 19, 2009 8:00pm

Put three-quarters of a string quartet (violin, viola, cello) together with a piano and you have a grouping that has inspired some of the greatest music of all time. The Rossetti Piano Quartet offer three marvelous examples in their concert for Music at Kohl Mansion.

Mozart's beautiful and spiritedly comic Eb-Major Quartet, K.493 shares some of the bravura and gracefulness of his opera The Marriage of Figaro, completed a month earlier, in 1786. Dvořák's guileless, melodic First Quartet, Op. 23 is an ideal partner to the Mozart. Gabriel Faurè's Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op.15 is full of Romantic emotion, but also is quite varied and has its own moments of delight. This is an excellent concert for chamber-music neophytes, but has enough variety for anyone.

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.