Fauré Quartett

The Fauré Quartett, in town courtesy of the Houston Friends of Chamber Music, has rarely performed in Houston, but that’s not for lack of affection for local chamber music fans, violinist Erika Geldsetzer tells us: “I think Houston has incredible people working behind the scenes [with the Friends of Chamber Music], making and planning interesting programs. But they can only do that because the audience, the public, is open to hearing new things and is interested not only in ‘mainstream,’ but they are also adventurous and very knowledgeable.”

The group is a leading piano ensemble. The program includes works by Bridge, Mozart and Strauss, each of which carries a distinct feeling. “The Bridge Phantasy is a beautiful one-movement piece,” Geldsetzer says. “It’s the epitome of English music at the turn of the last century and evokes pictures of the lovely English countryside where women in long, flowing dresses dream of dashing young men with top hats in horse-drawn carriages. As the title already says, it’s a phantasy, so you can just sit and let the imagination do the rest in a very calm and relaxed way.”

The Piano Quartet in E-Flat Major, K.493, by Mozart, is very different. “It’s Mozart at his best, with the piano almost in a concerto-like way having a great and vivacious part.” Strauss’s Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13, is a new addition to the group’s repertoire. “It was written by a still very young Strauss, and it’s…a great preview of what we could expect from Strauss to come later on.”

7:30 p.m. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-5400 or visit houstonfriendsofchambermusic.org. $25 to $75.
Tue., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., 2014

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