SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE – Adès’s Quartets Stack Up Well in Calder Quartet’s Performance

Comparing any living composer to Beethoven practically begs for outraged comments, but I’m willing to take that chance for Thomas Adès. The British composer’s two quartets, separated by 16 years, offer wildly different experiences; both were perfectly at home with Beethoven’s second “Razumovsky” Quartet on the Calder Quartet’s April 12 program. Indeed, if these three works still have any disbelievers, I hope they were at Herbst on Wednesday to hear the ensemble — Benjamin Jacobson and Andrew Bulbrook, violins; Jonathan Moerschel, viola; and Eric Byers, cello — convincingly argue for their union…

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