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Classical Classroom, Ep 38: Stringed Life, With Enso String Quartet

What’s in a string quartet? The members of Enso tell all. Or…some. They tell a good deal, let’s say.



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The Enso String Quartet is Maureen Nelson (violin), Ken Hamao (violin), Richard Belcher (cello), and Melissa Reardon (viola).

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The Grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet puts the “class” in this episode of Classical Classroom. We discuss where string quartets come from, why the instruments in a quartet go together so well, what sets Enso apart from other string quartets, and what it’s like to play live (which apparently sometimes includes hitting yourself in the face and dancing to get away from bees).

Music in this episode includes:

  • Franz Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C Major, Op.76 No.3 Hob. III:77, "Emperor", Mvt. 1. Allegro & Mvt 2 Poco adagio, cantabile. Performed by the Kodaly Quartet (Naxos, 8.550314)
  • Franz Schubert, Quartet No. 12 in C minor, "Quartett-Satz". Performed by Enso String Quartet
  • Kurt Stallman, "Following Franz"
  • Richard Strauss, Quartet in A Major, Op. 2: 1. Allegro

Audio production by Todd "He-Man" Hulslander with a few carefully-worded complaints from Dacia Clay.