Formerly Houston
Harpsichord Society

Artaria Quartet



Artaria Quartet with Richard Savino, Guitarist


You have a choice of two performances:

  • Thursday, January 15, 1998, 8:00 p.m.
    Talento Bilingue, 333 S. Jensen
  • Friday, January 16, 1998, 8:00 p.m.
    St. Paul's Methodist Church, 5501 Main St.

Early Conversations Lecture:
(Friday only) 7:00 p.m., Chape, St. Paul's, Dr. Guzman-Bravo

Experience the fiery intensity and bold infectious rhythms of strumming guitar and the radience of strings in music from the old and new world interspersed with readings of poetry and literature from Latin America.


Artaria Quartet

The Artaria Quartet, based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1985, is made up of Elizabeth Blumenstock, Katherine Kyme, Anthony Martin, violinists/violists, and Elisabeth Le Guin, cellist. The quartet takes its name from the printing house in Vienna that first published many of Haydn's, Mozart's, and Beethoven's quartets. The quartet is unusual in several respects; all of them, like the name, honor that first great eighteenth-century heyday of the quartet genre. They perform on period instruments: that is, with equipment set up in emulation of old custom. This includes using pure gut top strings; instruments voiced in favor of blend, warmth and intimacy of tone rather than tremendous projection; and light, maneuverable bows.

The ensemble also seeks to explore the egalitarian and revolutionary spirit of chamber music by rotating parts among players: there is no single first or second violinist, no one violist. (The cellist, however, remains the same.) A typical Artaria Quartet concert will feature several permutations of personnel, and each permutation has a dramatically distinct personality. Concert repertory for the group has spanned four centuries, from the music of Lassus to that of Schoenberg, and countries from Sweden to Mexico, but making its home in the eighteenth century among the multitudes of fine, interesting, bizarre, and brilliant composers, whose names Haydn. Mozart, and Beethoven would have recognized, but who have been sadly neglected since.

The Quartet has made four recordings for Harmonia Mundi: three of Boccherini and Giuliani with guitarist Richard Savino, and one of Mozart with oboist Marc Schachman and clarinetist Eric Hoeprich. Winners of several awards, the most recent being in 1996 when Chamber Music America awarded them one of its three-year Ensemble Residency grants. In partnership with the residency host, St. Gregory Nyssen Church of San Francisco, they have developed a complete range of services for the San Francisco Bay Area community, from a formal concert series to educational programs, hospice and hospital concerts, and services to senior centers.

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Richard Savino, guest artist

In 1982, guitarist/lutenist Richard Savino was chosen twice by Maestro Andres Segovia to perform in master-classes at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mr. Savino has secured grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts and the California State University. In 1984 and 1986, he was chosen to perform in the International Segovia Fellowship Competition sponsored by New York University and in 1985 Mr. Savino became the first solo guitarist to be chosen a winner in the Artists International Carnegie Recital Hall Debut Competition. An active accompanist as well as soloist he performs regularly with singers Paul Hillier, Susan Rode Morris, Judith Nelson and Susan Narucki. His recordings include the first period instrument versions of Luigi Boccherini's guitar quintets (3 cd's), Mauro Giuliani's Grand Quintetto and Johann Kaspar Mertz's Bardenklänge for the Harmonia Mundi record label, all of which have received great critical acclaim. Rèpertoire magazine of Paris recently placed the Boccherini recordings in their "Great Discoveries" category which they deem as essential to any classical music collection. His most recent releases include a duo recording with British violinist Monica Huggett, featuring virtuoso sonatas by Paganini and Giuliani, on this same label, and a collection of sonatas by Ferdinando Carulli on the Naxos label. This year he will begin recording an extensive collection of 18th century music from Mexico on baroque guitar. Mr. Savino has appeared on the CBS and PBS television networks, has been heard "in recital" on National Public Radio's Performance Today, Morning Pro Musica, Off the Record, England's BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Music from Montreal and Music from Vancouver programs. Since 1987, Mr. Savino has directed the CSU Summer Arts Guitar and Lute Institute and in 1995 he was a contributing author to the Cambridge University Press Studies in Performance Practice series. He is presently editing the complete works of Fernando Sor for Editions Chanterelle. In 1997, he published a collection of secular monodies by Francesca Caccini for Indiana University Press. In recent years he has been a featured artist and faculty member at numerous festivals throughout the US and Europe and was Visiting Artistic Director of the 1995 Aston Magna Academy at Rutgers University and is presently Coordinator of Performance Practice at the Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire. This past summer he was the featured solo performer and guest judge at the International Guitar Festival in Gargnano, Italy. Mr. Savino has studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Eliot Fisk and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY at Stony Brook where he studied with Jerry Willard. He is presently Professor Music at the California State University at Sacramento


Guitar Quartet #3 in A, Op.19 Francisco de Fossa (1775-1849)

Lento sensible sostenuto-Allegro agitato-Lento




String Quartet #1 in d Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga



Adagio con espressione






Sonatas #7 in d and #8 in D "para guitarra y baxo" Juan Antonio Vargas y Guzmán

(late18th century)

Jacaras Santiago de Murcia

(early 18th century)




Guitar Quintet #4 in G ("Fandango") Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805)


Allegro Maestoso

Grave assai-Fandango


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