Rastrelli Cello QuartetApril 16, 2018, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002. Kira Kraftzoff – founder and artistic director, Kirill Timofeev, Misha Degtjareff and Sergio Drabkin formed the ensemble with a mission to perform music “between the genres,” and their widely varied programs mix comfortably works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson. The name of the Quartet is taken from the eighteenth-century architect Bartholomew Rastrelli, who designed the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the home city of three of the four Quartet members.
The Rastrelli have performed in many of Europe’s great concert halls, in the USA and in Russia, and in many distinguished summer music They have been broadcasted by NBC, SWR, BR, HR, ABC, Chicago Classic FM and many others. The Rastrelli Quartet currently has seven recordings (Rastrelli, Volumes 1-6 and “Cello Effect”) on the Solo Musica, TonArt, Manchester and Genuin labels. In 2009, the Rastrelli Quartet’s CD “Cello in Classic” was nominated for a Russian Grammy and was given a second prize award.
Program “From Brahms to Beatles”
Giacomo Puccini: Air “E luchevan le stelle” from Tosca (1900)
David Popper (1843-1913): Tarantella, Op. 33 (1880)
Bela Bartok: Six Romanian Dances (1915)
Edward Grieg: Two excerpts from “Peer Gynt” (1876):
“Solveig’s Song” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King”
Johannes Brahms: Six Hungarian Dances, Nos. 13, 14, 10, 17, 20, and 19 (1858-79)
Peter Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (1871)
Beatles Song Book, including “Yesterday,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “With a Little Help from My Friends”