Founded in Warsaw in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet plays with flair and fortitude, especially when it comes to the music of the groupâ€™s namesake. Szymanowskiâ€™s String Quartet No. 2, Op. 56, is front and center on Tuesday, when the quartet performs in Kleinhans Music Hallâ€™s Mary Seaton Room courtesy of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. The program ends with Mendelssohnâ€™s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80, and begins with Mozartâ€™s brooding D Minor String Quartet, K. 421.
It is an eventful week for the Chamber Music Society. Sunday brings the next of its much-anticipated Gift to the Community concerts. Bulgarian violinist Bella Hristova, praised by the Washington Post as having â€śimpressive power and control,â€ť is presenting a recital with pianist Amy Yang. Hristova, the winner of a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, will perform two of Beethovenâ€™s most beloved sonatas, the â€śSpringâ€ť Sonata and the â€śKreutzerâ€ť Sonata. Between those come two pieces that are a change of pace: Lutoslawskiâ€™s â€śSubitoâ€ť and the part of Olivier Messiaenâ€™s â€śQuartet for the End of Timeâ€ť that is titled â€śPraise to the Immortality of Jesus.â€ť
Hristovaâ€™s recital takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday. It is free and tickets are not needed.
The Szymanowski Quartetâ€™s performance is at 8 p.m. Tuesday and admission is $20.
For info on the Chamber Music Society, call 462-4939.
â€“ Mary Kunz Goldman