The Beethoven con­nec­tion: Brentano String Quar­tet

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The Brentano String Quar­tet is a frequent visitor to North­ern New Mex­ico, and al­ways a wel­come one. Santa Fe Pro Mu­sica hosts their visit this week, when they will per­form at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.) at 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Jan. 15. The group, founded in 1992, se­lected its name as a trib­ute to An­tonie Brentano, who may have been the mys­te­ri­ous woman Beethoven fell in love with and ad­dressed as the “Im­mor­tal Beloved” in a pas­sion­ate let­ter he penned (and prob­a­bly never sent) in 1812. It un­der­scores the Brentano String Quar­tet’s af­fec­tion for the mu­sic of Beethoven, who will be rep­re­sented on this pro­gram by his Quar­tet in F ma­jor (Op. 59, No. 1), the first in the group he wrote on com­mis­sion from Count An­dreas Razu­movsky, the Rus­sian am­bas­sador to Vi­enna. Also on the playlist are Haydn’s Quar­tet in E-flat ma­jor (Op. 20, No. 1) and The Fifth Book, a new piece by the Amer­i­can com­poser Stephen Hartke. For tick­ets ($20-$75), con­tact Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234; www.tick­etssantafe.org). At 10 a.m. that morn­ing in the same hall, the Brentanos of­fer a mas­ter class — free, no tick­ets nec­es­sary — in which they will coach young New Mex­ico mu­si­cians in mu­sic by Beethoven, Borodin, and Shostakovich. — James M. Keller

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