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Quatuor Mosaïques

Tuesday 7 March 2023
18:30 – ca. 20:10
Mozart-Saal

 

Performers

Quatuor Mosaïques

Erich Höbarth, Violine

Andrea Bischof, Violine

Anita Mitterer, Viola

Christophe Coin, Violoncello

Programme

Ludwig van Beethoven

Streichquartett G-Dur op. 18/2 (1799–1800)

Joseph Haydn

Streichquartett C-Dur Hob. III/57 (1788)

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Johannes Brahms

Streichquartett Nr. 1 c-moll op. 51/1 (1873)

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Johannes Brahms

Waldesnacht op. 62/3 (Bearbeitung für Streichquartett) (1874)

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»The grace of difficult birth«

By his own account, Brahms is said to have destroyed 20 string quartets before he dared to go public with two works in this genre as his op. 51 in 1873 - after all, he was already 40 years old. The first of these, the compositionally rigorous yet emotionally stirring C minor Quartet, sits lonely in the second half of the concert, which is coherently opened by the Quatour mosaïques with one of Beethoven's first »valid« contributions to the genre: the G major Quartet from the 6-part series of op. 18. Beethoven also wrestled with composing for this instrumentation, though not as Herculeanly as Brahms later did. In particular, the serene No. 2 from op. 18 - also known among musicians as the »Complementier Quartet« because of its rococo features - gives little hint of Beethoven's self-scrupulosity. Finally, it is no coincidence that the geometric center of the program is an experimental work by the actual and first unsettler of younger generations in dealing with the string quartet: Joseph Haydn.
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