The twice Grammy-nominated Spektral Quartet is back this summer with an iridescent mashup of the traditional and the new. Written during the most turbulent period of Franz Schubert’s short life, the String Quartet No. 13, “Rosamunde” stands as one of the composer’s most beloved quartets, voyaging between heartbreak and ecstacy with equal charisma. Former Chicago Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Samuel Adams points to Schubert as a primary inspiration for his String Quartet No. 2, “Current,” a piece as mesmerizing for its string writing as its inclusion of percussion and electronics. Like two sides of the same coin, Schubert and Adams compel listeners to consider life’s most profound quandaries and questions – through some of the most pleasurable music written for the string quartet.
String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (Franz Schubert)
String Quartet No. 2 “Current” (Samuel Adams)