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The myth of the Stradivari

It’s wonderful to hear a Stradivarius in concert. Even more wonderful, however, to experience an entire string ensemble of them. The Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists Berlin regularly make this possible with a programme that in a variety of ways shows to best advantage the unique instruments’ radiance.

Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists Berlin:

Zoltán Almási Violin

Stanley Dodds Violin

Sebastian Heesch Violin

Aleksandar Ivić Violin

Rüdiger Liebermann Violin

Thomas Timm Violin

Matthew Hunter Viola

Walter Küssner Viola

Stephan Koncz Cello

Knut Weber Cello

Janne Saksala Double Bass

Shalev Ad-El Harpsichord

Thomas Tallis

Lamentations of Jeremiah, Part I (arr. for two antiphonally set string quintets by Matthew Hunter)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento in D major K. 136

Edvard Grieg

Holberg Suite

Richard Strauss

String Sextet from Capriccio

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Serenade for strings in C major

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 24 May 2015 3 p.m.

Chamber Music Hall

Introduction: 2:00 pm


They’re brilliant, have a beautiful tone and are somewhat capricious: the violins, violas and celli made by the legendary luthier Antonio Stradivari are considered the best (and by now also the most expensive) string instruments in the world. It’s wonderful to hear a Stradivarius in concert. And even more wonderful to experience an entire string ensemble of them. The Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists Berlin regularly make this possible. Every two years, the ensemble borrows the valuable instruments from various collectors: two complete quartets and three additional violins join forces for a short time to form what is presumably the largest Stradivarius ensemble in the world.

The musicians, all members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, then put together a repertoire that shows to best advantage the instruments’ unique radiance in a variety of ways. That does not mean, however, that only music from Stradivarius’s time may be played. Quite the contrary: the unearthly, spheric sound of renaissance music suits the instruments just as does the rougher tone of modern compositions. This evening’s programme ranges from Thomas Tallis’s Lamentations of Jeremiah from the 16th century to a divertimento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Piotr Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C for Strings to Richard Strauss. One particular highlight is the string sextet from Strauss’s opera Capriccio, to be performed on the Habisreutinger Foundation’s sextet of Stradivaris.

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