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Oct 17

Chamber concert with the Berganza Quartet

Bamberg, Konzerthalle, Joseph-Keilberth-Saal
17:00 Uhr

Goethe may have described the string quartet as a »conversation« between »four reasonable people«, but things can get pretty heated. Often, the emotional atmosphere doesn’t necessarily make for a restful time. We have Haydn to thank for moulding such passionate debates. His Opus 33 cycle, which appeared in 1782 and set a new standard, was composed »in a quite new and special fashion«. It sold like hot cakes. Even Mozart was captivated by it: during a performance of one of the quartets, a Czech composer next to him declared he »would never have written like that«. Mozart retorted: »Nor I, and do you know why? Because neither of us would have had so good an idea!« He was, of course, being self-deprecating: his creative response to these ground-breaking works was to compose his own cycle of six, dedicated to his »dearest friend« Haydn, including the stirring Quartet in d minor. Brahms, too, produced startlingly »good ideas« for this demanding aristocrat among genres: his last Quartet op. 67 was the product of a carefree holiday near Heidelberg and exudes a winning, serenade-like mood.

Aki Sunahara Violin
Sabine Lier Violin
Christof Kuen Viola
Katja Kuen Violoncello

Joseph Haydn Streichquartett G-Dur op. 33 Nr. 5 Hob. III:41
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Streichquartett d-Moll KV 421
Johannes Brahms Streichquartett B-Dur op. 67