Chamber Music

String quartets by Beethoven and Shostakovich II

In this season once again, the Philharmonia Quartet is a guest in the Quartett chamber music series. And again they will interpret works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. At this concert, two of Beethoven’s late contributions to the genre, namely Opus 131 and 135, will encounter Shostakovich’s 14th String Quartet, which the composer dedicated to the cellist of the Moscow Beethoven Quartet, Sergei Shirinsky.

Philharmonia Quartett:

Daniel Stabrawa Violin

Christian Stadelmann Violin

Neithard Resa Viola

Dietmar Schwalke Cello

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet in F major op. 135

Dmitri Shostakovich

String Quartet No. 14 in F sharp major op. 142

Ludwig van Beethoven

String Quartet in C sharp minor op. 131

Dates and Tickets

Programme

The Berlin Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung wrote in 1829 about Ludwig van Beethoven’s last String Quartet in F major op. 135, premiered one year before the composer died: “The newest quartets, and specifically the one mentioned here, are now the most important – but at the same time the most difficult – challenge for all good quartet societies. More and more the deep sighs and grumbling of those few who do not even try to understand Beethoven are dying away.”

Since their founding in 1985, the Philharmonia Quartet, in which the cello part was taken over by Dietmar Schwalke after Jan Diesselhorst’s sudden demise in 2009, has addressed Beethoven’s string quartets and presented interpretations that have met with great recognition all over the world. The ensemble’s performance of the entire cycle in the 2003/04 season in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie remains unforgotten. In the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons, the Philharmonia Quartet performed Dmitri Shostakovich’s 15 string quartets at the same place.

At this concert, two of Beethoven’s late contributions to the genre, namely Opus 131 and 135, will encounter Shostakovich’s 14th String Quartet from 1973, which the composer dedicated to the cellist of the Moscow Beethoven Quartet, Sergei Shirinsky. The writer Chyngyz Aitmatov later wrote about a private performance of the work in the composer’s apartment: “I listened and thought to myself: Well, well! Gentle, kind, shy Shostakovich. At work, however, he’s the purest devil!”

(c) Stefan Röhl