Lovers of chamber music will once again have plenty to enjoy at this year’s Easter Festival. From Sunday onwards, the music of string quartets, octets, brass ensembles and other smaller ensembles can be heard throughout the city every day. We will present some of them here during the course of the festival.

Sunday, 24 March – Scharoun Ensemble

After the intensity of the premiere, we continue on a lighter note with the first of our chamber music concerts in the beautiful Weinbrennersaal of the Kurhaus Baden-Baden. The Scharoun Ensemble plays dance music by Schoenberg, Webern and Berg.

Monday, 25 March – Philharmonisches Streichtrio
Museum Frieder Burda

The Philharmonisches Streichtrio plays works by Schubert, Webern, and Schoenberg. A little treat for enthusiasts: They play the Schoenberg trio twice,  explaining about the piece in between the two renditions.

Tuesday, 26 March – Venus Ensemble

Two string quartets that were written almost 100 years apart will be performed in the Malersaal. Schubert’s C major String Quartet and Zemlinsky’s First String Quartet are very different and yet - in addition to their Viennese origins - they have some things in common: they are both lively, engaging, firmly rooted in tradition, and filled with dramatic contrasts.

Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The brass players of the Berliner Philharmoniker begin their concert - inspired by the festival opera - with Strauss and his solemn Festmusik der Stadt Wien. Then we move into the realm of liturgical mysticism with works by Bruckner. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s rousing Slavonic Dances.

Thursday, 28 March - Two string quartets

In its complexity, Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet is almost a symphony.  It is paired with Alban Berg’s String Quartet op. 3, one of the composer’s most original compositions. It reflects the turbulent atmosphere of the early 20th century and the search for new forms of musical expression.

Bolero Berlin

It’s not every day that we play in a venue like this - Thursday evening at the Casino Baden-Baden brings Latin American exuberance with Bolero Berlin. The programme includes Piazzolla and Ellington, but also features unusual arrangements of Bizet and Ravel.

Friday, 29 March - Brahms Ensemble

The Brahms Ensemble focusses on the chamber music works of its namesake - but not exclusively. On Friday, they played string quartets by Franz Schubert and Anton Webern in the Kurhaus. Webern's Langsamer Satz should actually have been an entire quartet, but the composer only completed one movement.

Saturday, 30 March - From Haydn to Schönberg

In their concert, Emmanuel Pahud, Wenzel Fuchs, Daishin Kashimoto, Ludwig Quandt and Eric Le Sage take a musical journey from the classical to the modern era, starting with Haydn’s Trio for flute, violin and cello, through Berg’s avant-garde Four Pieces for clarinet and piano to Mahler’s lyrical songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn and his deeply moving Kindertotenlieder. The programme reaches its climax with Schönberg’s radical Chamber Symphony No. 1 in an arrangement by Anton Webern.