The Pacifica Quartet joins forces with legendary pianist Menahem Pressler for Johannes Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, a pillar of German Romanticism that opens with one of the most recognizable melodies in classical music. This noteworthy generation-crossing collaboration — a half-century separates the pianist, who is in his 90s, from the quartet members — yields a spacious, sweeping traversal of the Brahms Quintet that sets its own pace to build suspense and drama. While Pressler has performed the Brahms Quintet with marquee string quartets of the past 50 years, this is his first recording of it. Order the CD here.
The Pacifica Quartet and cellist Johannes Moser premiere a new work this fall by composer Julia Wolfe, recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The cello quintet, Splendid Hopes, was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University, the Schubert Club, Portland Friends of Chamber Music, and by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
On its 20th anniversary tour in Canada, Europe, and Japan this past season, the Pacifica performed a new quartet by Shulamit Ran, a longtime collaborator and colleague from their residency at the University of Chicago. Titled Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory, the commission was funded by Music Accord, a consortium of presenters from the US, as well as Suntory Hall and Wigmore Hall.