Schubert Revealed: Wu Han & Friends featuring Michael Sumuel & Calidore String Quartet
- Michael Sumuel, bass-baritone
- Calidore String Quartet
This 3rd program dedicated to chamber music by Schubert includes his profound compositions derived from the poem Death and the Maiden, both the song and the subsequent string quartet in D minor. The Death and the Maiden Quartet takes its main theme in the slow movement from the song. The Calidore String Quartet’s reputation as one of America’s great string quartets resulted from winning multiple awards and recognition including an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2016 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition. The Los Angeles Times remarks on “the precision of their expression [and] their understated but relentless intensity.” The songs in this Schubert program are performed by outstanding American bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, who was lauded by the Daily Camera as having “vocals [that] are smooth and ingratiating”.