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The St. Lawrence Quartet, a Canadian group founded in 1989, has earned a reputation for spontaneity and informal persuasiveness. Their latest CD, of three Shostakovich quartets, stresses the music’s humanity; it’s less menacing than some recordings, and the playing–anchored by cellist Christopher Costanza, a former member of the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber […]

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Alfred Brendel

Returning to Orchestra Hall for the fourth year in a row as part of his ongoing survey of the Beethoven piano sonatas, Alfred Brendel this time tackles the most difficult and emotionally rewarding of the cycle, the last three sonatas. Never mind that just about every worthy pianist is embarking on the same project–though in […]