What sounds better than a celebrated string quartet performing works by Brahms? Knowing that they performed it entirely from memory.
The Chiara String Quartet will release an album titled Brahms by Heart on March 25th, 2014. The album includes recordings of three string quartets and one quintet, which the group performed with violist Roger Tapping. The pieces were recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, where they were performed without any sheet music.
Chiara says memorizing the music has made them better performers. Because of this, the group has decided to perform their full repertoire almost entirely from memory in concert.
“They now see sheet music as a distraction“.
For reference, here’s a video of the group playing the Ravel String Quartet, Movement I from memory: