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Sun, Jun. 11, 2023, 11.00 am | Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall

Special Chamber Concert

Mozart, Brahms, Hindemith, Bartók

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String quartet No. 14 in G Major KV 387

Johannes Brahms: Five Ophelia Songs for Voice and string quartet (arranged by Aribert Reimann)

Paul Hindemith: Melancholie

Béla Bartók: String quartet No. 1, Op. 7

Violin: Hibiki Oshima
Violin: Felix Heckhausen
Viola: Maria Rallo Muguruza
Cello: Clara Grünwald
Mezzo-soprano: Ida Aldrian

The musicians of the Amaris Quartet, all members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra, have invited the mezzo-soprano Ida Aldrian from the Hamburg State Opera’s ensemble to join them in this chamber concert. While string quartet literature by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Béla Bartók opens and closes the programme, compositions for string quartet and voice form its centre. Johannes Brahms’ songs based on texts by William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Paul Hindemith’s “Melancholie”, setting poems on loneliness by Christian Morgenstern, focus on dark, gripping emotions. The transcription of the Brahms songs for voice and string quartet by Aribert Reimann hews close to the romantic original. And although Bartók and Mozart offered no programme for their string quartets, their emotional stance matches the song compositions: Mozart’s composition dates to 1782, a fateful year for classical music that marked the breakthrough of a young generation of artists. Given the “backdrop” of the world premiere of Friedrich Schiller’s “Die Räuber” and the writing of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Erlkönig”, Mozart’s composition can be considered a departure for a new form of drama, which also found its expression in purely instrumental music. Bartók was tormented by an unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer while writing his piece – in a letter to her, he called the first movement of his work a “lament of sorrow”.

Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Recital Hall, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg
Prices: € 28,00 / 20,00 / 14,00 / 10,00

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