02-22-19 | Songs for Listening | Geoff Nuttall
Geoff Nuttall, first violinist for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and director of chamber music at Spoleto Festival USA, made the Friday, February 22 list at Songs for Listening. Incisiveness — knowing w/ an unusual degree of certainty what is actually exceptional music, which collaborations will bear fruit & how you ought to spend your precious time as an ensemble — is amongst Geoff's greatest strengths as a musician (in addition to being an awesomely talented violinist).
Over recent years, the Quartet has dedicated enormous energy to the music of Haydn & have recorded his groundbreaking set of six Op. 20 quartets in high-definition video for a free, universal online release. Further, SLSQ has forged fruitful partnerships with John Adams, Jonathan Berger and Osvaldo Golijov, through these collaborations the ensemble has made significant additions to the quartet literature. Alex Ross of The New Yorker had this to say about the ensemble: "The St. Lawrence are remarkable not simply for the quality of their music making, exalted as it is, but for the joy they take in the act of connection.
Serse, HWV 40: ’Ombra ma fu' by Handel, performed by Anthony Roth Costanzo & Les Violons du Roy
Mystery Sonata No. 1 'Annunciation' by Heinrich Ignaz Biber, performed by Marianne Rônez & Affetti Musicali
'Tangled up in Blue' by Bob Dylan from 'Blood On The Tracks'
String Quartet, Op. 33/3, 'The Bird': II. Allegreto by Haydn, performed by Cuarteto Casals