“Frei aber einsam” (free but alone) – Brahms embeds these three notes, FAE, in the most melancholy of his three string quartets. In this A-minor work there are no signs of the titanic struggle of its companion piece, the First Quartet, nor do we find the lighthearted gaiety of the Third. Brahms’s Second Quartet is entirely inward-turned, but this hasn’t prevented it from becoming one of the composer’s most popular works – it will be presented to us by the young Gringolts Quartett from Zurich, Switzerland.
Along with Brahms’s A-minor Quartet, the program will also feature the First String Quartet by Robert Schumann – in the same key of A minor. Schumann’s quartets cannot be compared with the works of Brahms or Mendelssohn; they are a world of their own and among the genre’s most original contributions.
Photo: Tomasz Trzebiatowski
String Quartet in A minor, op. 41, no. 1
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, op. 51
- Ilya Gringolts Violin
- Anahit Kurtikyan Violin
- Silvia Simionescu Viola
- Claudius Herrmann Cello
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