SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – Calder Quartet shines in both new and old music

A string quartet that can play Beethoven as powerfully as the Calder Quartet is an important asset to the musical ecosphere, to be sure, though perhaps not an especially uncommon one. But a group that can make new music sound thoroughly vibrant and sensual — well, that’s something to cherish.

In a transfixing recital presented in Herbst Theatre on Wednesday, April 12, by San Francisco Performances, the ensemble devoted the entire first half of its program to two recent masterpieces by the British composer Thomas Adès, and punctuated the event with a breathtakingly beautiful work by the young American Andrew Norman. The result was an exemplary model of how to integrate old and new works so that they communicate tellingly with one another…

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