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Meet Meta Weiss

Meta Weiss, cellistAs the Alexander String Quartet heads back to the East Coast this weekend for concerts in Pennsylvania and New York to present the Schubert Quintet in C Major (among other works), featuring guest-artist, Meta Weiss on cello!

Meta Weiss

San Francisco native Meta Weiss (pronounced MAY-ta) made her international debut at the age of seven in Utrecht, Holland at the International String Convention. An acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist, she performs music spanning all periods from classical to jazz. Her performances have taken her to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Boston Symphony Hall, The Kimmel Center, Royal Albert Hall, and Teatro Britanico (Peru).

Top prize-winner in numerous competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition, Seattle Ladies Musical Club Award Tour Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, Schadt Cello Competition, and the TexASTA Solo Competition, Meta has also been featured on National Public Radio on many occasions, including as guest artist on the shows A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, Northwest Focus Live, and From the Top. The debut album of duoW, her violin-cello duo with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan, entitled Entendre, was released in August on the Grammy award-winning label Sono Luminus. …

Find out more about Meta Weiss on her website at MetaWeiss.com!

Concerts:

Saturday
April 26, 2014
7:30 pm
Alexander Chamber Music Society
Ann’s Choice Chapel
Warminster, Pennsylvania

Tel: (215) 357-8449

Program:
Mozart Quartet in D Major, KV 575
Bartók Quartet No. 3, Sz. 85
Schubert Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163 with cellist,Meta Weiss 

Sunday
April 27, 2014
4:00 pm
Sid Singer Concert Series 
Mamaroneck, New York

Tel: (914) 698-1240

Program:
Mozart Quartet in D Major, KV 575
Schubert Quintet in C Major, D. 956, Op. posth. 163 with cellist,Meta Weiss

New Releases Reviews Roundup!

We’ve already had a good amount of reviews come in for our new recordings, so here’s a roundup in case you’ve missed any!

Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

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Brahms: The Quintets & Sextets

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Alexander String Quartet at Allegheny College

Some fantastic photos from our time in Professor Jeff Cross’s Physiological Psychology class at Allegheny College!

New York Times Features Brahms & Schumann Piano Quintets

Brahms Schumann Piano QuintetsThe New York Times, “Classical Playlist” features our new Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets recording:

“Alongside her burgeoning career as a soloist and concerto performer, the pianist Joyce Yang has also demonstrated impressive gifts as a chamber musician. Here she joins the excellent Alexander String Quartet for passionate, soulful readings of two pinnacles of the chamber repertory.” —Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times

Purchase & Download Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

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Pictures on Silence Reviews Bartók & Kodály

bartók & kodály: complete string quartets | cover artworkAfter a rave review of one of our latest releases, Don Clark has a new review for our Bartók & Kodály recording:

“The Alexanders dig into this music with technically secure, well paced performances… The Alexanders’ performances are dramatic, lean and intense, but never unpleasant or forced. Clean, clear and on pitch pizzicati are noteworthy throughout the three discs… The quartet has a fine feel for the folk music elements and relish them at every turn without exaggerating or even detaching them from the overall texture. … As with every Foghorn Classics release I have encountered, complete, legible and intelligent notes are part of the package. Add these always intelligent, intense, musical, satisfying and well recorded performances… you have a special release indeed.” —Don Clark, Pictures on Silence

Read the full review on the Pictures on Silence Blog!

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ASQ and the Cypress Quartet at the SF Friends of Chamber Music Gala

The Arts Desk Reviews Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

Brahms Schumann Piano QuintetsGraham Rickson has his weekly Classical CD reviews up on The Arts Desk, and he’s got a rave for our new recording, Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets with Joyce Yang:

“Schumann’s fiendish piano writing rarely lets up, and one of the joys of this beautifully nuanced performance from the San Francisco based Alexander Quartet is the contribution made by pianist Joyce Yang. She’s beautifully integrated into the sound picture, understading that this isn’t a concerto in disguise. There’s a delicious moment when the first movement’s second theme is recalled by cello and viola, Yang’s soft, syncopated chords providing flawless support. The movement’s close is sensational. …

“The [Brahms] work’s darker, weightier cast is nicely caught, and Yang’s rhythmic drive propels the music along…Classy playing and vivid recording make this a highly desirable CD.” —Graham Rickson, The Arts Desk

Read the full Graham Rickson review on TheArtsDesk.com!

Purchase & Download Brahms & Schumann: The Piano Quintets

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