At the ripe age of 23 Beethoven stormed the music capital of the world, Vienna, and used his Op. 1 piano trios as his calling card. A little more than 60 years later, another 23-year-old by the name of Johannes Brahms started writing his Piano Quartet in G minor, the piece he would later use to introduce himself to the Viennese. Both works have stood the test of time to become core pieces of the repertoire and both are amazing examples of daring and youthful bravura. In between we’ve placed another iconic composer, American William Bolcom, whose Three Rags for String Quartet draw upon the vernacular in the same way that the final movement of Brahms’ piano quartet, a rollicking movement subtitled “Gypsy Rondo,” drew on the folk music of his day.