In November 2020 our album "Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets" was released and reviewed by Patrick Neas of the Kansas City Star, who wrote:
"...the Beethoven String Quartets are the “Super Bowl” of classical chamber music... in the middle of a pandemic, Opus 76 took the plunge and embarked on a series of performances of Beethoven’s quartets at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and recorded all of them...These are certainly passionate performances, fully expressing all of Beethoven’s many emotions from the the lighthearted and jocular to the feverish and intense... This set of CDs is most certainly a touchdown, and one can hardly wait for what this all-star team attempts next."
In October 2020 we gave a performance to an in person audience of Haydn's op.76 no.2 and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden". The Concert was reviewed by Paul Pattison of KC Arts Beat, who wrote:
"...The entire concert was mesmerizing. It’s challenging to put into words how satisfying it was. The two works presented were worlds apart in style, and yet seemed to belong together. The Haydn quartet was played crisply and with courtly elegance, yet tinged with playfulness, while the Schubert was played with unabashed, agitated emotion.
Throughout the entire evening the musicians were attentive to every nuance. Just by looking at their eyes, I was able to see how each watched the other, not only for precise entries but also for any subtle hint from the first violin. These clear-cut entries were followed by stirring ensemble work. This translated into music of the highest caliber. The beauty of their tone combined with an intimate understanding of the music, provided a most satisfying and engrossing experience. I know my praise may seem effusive, but believe me, it’s well deserved..."
In September 2020 we completed a complete performance of all the Beethoven String Quartets over a six week period. The Final Concert was reviewed by Paul Pattison of KC Arts Beat, who wrote:
"Opus 76 erupted into a glorious, heroic outburst...played with exuberance....Each musician was intimately attuned to the others. Long lines were lovingly extended and the harmonies treated as attentively as the melody. A fine depth of feeling was achieved in this profoundly moving realization."
In September 2020 we finished a complete performance of all the Beethoven String Quartets over a six week period. Concert VI was reviewed by Libby Hanssen of KC Studio, who wrote:
"[The Opus 76 Quartet's] collective skill that transmitted the work’s volatile emotional range, from somber, hymn-like melodies, in the second movement, to the urgency of the third, and culminating in the attention-grabbing unison run as the piece concludes, all of a sudden, so soft."
In August 2020 we started a complete performance of all the Beethoven String Quartets over a six week period. Concert III was reviewed by Paul Pattison of KC Arts Beat, who wrote:
"The significance of this event is hard to overestimate...lyricism at it's finest"
In August 2020 we started a complete performance of all the Beethoven String Quartets over a six week period. Concert I was reviewed by Paul Pattison of KC Arts Beat, who wrote:
"Opus 76, Kansas City's world class string quartet...sublimely beautiful tone coupled with superb blending of sound..."
In August 2020 we were featured and reviewed for our upcoming Complete Beethoven Quartet Cycle by Patrick Neas, who wrote:
"Kansas City's gem of a quartet celebrates Beethoven's 250th anniversary..."
In June 2020 we gave the fist live classical performance in Kansas City since March of that year. The performance was featured in The Strad, who asked us to comment on our experience.
In March 2020 we recorded a live performance of Beethoven's "Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode" from op.132 for The Spectator's Religion podcast. Norman Lebrecht reviewed this performance on "Slipped Disc" remarking:
"Kansas City's Opus 76 String Quartet...[a] breathtaking performance."
In March 2020 we recorded a live performance of Beethoven's "Holy song of thanksgiving of a convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode" from op.132 for The Spectator's Religion podcast "Holy Smoke" authored by journalist Damian Thompson who wrote:
"a brilliant young String Quartet.. [a] luminous performance."
In March 2020 our online performances and community outreach (including delivering groceries to our elderly fans) was reviewed by Julie Denesha of the KCUR 89.3 (an NPR affiliate), who wrote:
"Each Wednesday the group donates a performance on Facebook to raise money for a different area non-profit."
In March 2020 our online performances and community outreach (including delivering groceries to our elderly fans) was reviewed by Patrick Neas of the Kansas City Star, who wrote:
"The Opus 76 string quartet was founded three years ago and has already established itself as one of Kansas City’s most important chamber ensembles."
Our February 2020 performance of Ravel's Quartet and Beethoven op.135 was reviewed by Paul Pattison, who wrote:
"playing with considerable depth of emotion...unrestrained playing at its best...many in the audience responded with a standing ovation... with authority and verve...the blend of the performers was incredible, the brief pauses deeply moving."
Our Fall 2020 Beethoven Cycle was previewed by Paul Horsley, who wrote:
"the first time a locally-based group has pulled off such a feat..."
A Gramophone journalist did a review of Classical Music organizations in Kansas City, and highlighted 6 organizations, one of which was The Opus 76 Quartet!
See it below at the bottom of the page, originally published February 2020.
One of our live performances of Haydn op.76 no.4 "Sunrise" was featured by The Strad Magazine, who wrote:
"A beautiful Sunrise from the Opus 76 Quartet...If it isn't morning where you are, you're still allowed to watch in. In fact, we insist that you do!"
We were profiled by Libby Hanssen in KC Studio Magazine in November 2019, who wrote:
"Determined to make a difference....After a successful exploratory first year, the Opus 76 Quartet soars into it's sophomore season with a well defined repertoire, growing audience and community-focused outlook."
Our October 2019 performance of Shostakovich's Quartet no.8 and Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" was reviewed by Paul Pattison, who wrote:
"an exhilarating concert...magnificently realized by the performers...all played with absolute conviction and authority... It's deeply satisfying to witness the authority and conviction the musicians convey. Bravo to Opus 76 for their daring programming and riveting performances."
Our June 2019 performance of Haydn's op.76 no 6 & Beethoven's op. 127 was reviewed by Paul Pattison for KC Arts Beat, who remarked:
"The insight of the musicians of the Opus 76 Quartet cannot be overstated. Taking a journey through the Haydn Opus 76 quartets while allowing a comparison with Beethoven's quartets was a special treat. All performances I attended were marked by the highest degree of professionalism and musical acumen. The dedication of these musicians in bringing music not often heard to the public is commendable and appreciated. I eagerly await the opening of their second season in late August."
Full article here - search for Opus 76
Our April 2019 performance of Haydn's op.76 no 4 & Beethoven's op.59 no.2 was reviewed by Paul Pattison for KC Arts Beat, who described us as:
"this remarkable group of dedicated and accomplished musicians ... played with charm and vitality...a group well worth hearing again and again."
Full article here - search for Opus 76
We were profiled by Paul Horsley in the Kansas City Independent at the start of 2018, who wrote:
"There's good reason to believe that Opus 76, Kansas City's 'new resident string quartet' is on course to blaze a trail"
Full article here
Listen to an interview on KMBZ 89.1 with The Opus 76 Quartet from September 2018 - with E.J. Becker & Ellen Shenk.
Meet the players of The Opus 76 Quartet
Copyright © 2017 The Friends of the Opus 76 Quartet