Program 2021/2022


 1)      “From My Life”

 

Bedřich Smetana wrote his “autobiography in tones” while afflicted with serious illness – in this context, he passes his life in review in his quasi-symphonic String Quartet in E minor.

The death of his beloved sister Fanny prompted Felix Mendelssohn to write one of his most famous works, the String Quartet, op. 80. In it we hear rebellion, despair, and inner turmoil – tragically, it was to be the composer’s final work.

In contrast, the old master Haydn appears to have been spared any major life adversity, his works practically sparkling with humor and energy. In the “Fifths” Quartet, he draws inspiration from his travels in England, which is particularly apparent in the central fifth motif – the chimes of London’s famed Big Ben.

 

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in D minor op.76/2 "Fiths"

Felix Mendelssohn: String quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80

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Bedrich Smetana: String quartet No. 1 in E minor, „From my life“

 

 

2)   „Folklore“

 

Many composers were influenced time and again by the love of their homeland, from the varied and ravishing sound worlds of the Norwegian Romanticist Edvard Grieg to the explosive rhythms and frenetic energy of the Argentinian Ginastera. Joseph Haydn also drew on the sounds of folk music, as can be clearly heard in his “Fifths” Quartet: with temperament and verve, he creates a stirring connection with the Hungarian origins of Count Erdödy, who commissioned the work.

      

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in D minor op.76/2, "Fiths"

Alberto Ginastera: String quartet No.2, op.26

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Edvard Grieg: String quartet No.1 in G minor, op. 27

     

 

3) “Prohibited Music”

 

The unthinkable crimes of the Nazi regime included the stigmatization and persecution of great artists. Composers like Erwin Schulhoff and Pavel Haas died in Nazi concentration camps; the music of Felix Mendelssohn, too, was considered “degenerate” due to his Jewish ancestry. 

 

Erwin Schulhoff: „5 pieces for String Quartet“

Pavel  Haas: String quartet No. 3, Op.15

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Felix Mendelssohn: String quartet No.6 in F minor, op. 80

 

 

4)  “Classical”

 

The centerpiece of this program is Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in G major, one of the most important works of the genre. It is combined with the rousing energy of the D-major Quartet, op. 20, no. 4 by Joseph Haydn and the humorous Five Pieces by Erwin Schulhoff – who, with his varied oeuvre, has long been considered one of the classic composers of modernism. 

  

J. Haydn: String quartet in D Major, Op. 20/4

E. Schulhoff: „5 pieces for String quartet“

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F. Schubert: String quartet No.15 in G Major, D887

 

 

Special programs Aris Quartett 2021/2022 

 

+Daniel Müller-Schott (Violoncello)

 

Solo piece Daniel Müller-Schott

Felix Mendelssohn: String quartet in F minor, op. 80

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Franz Schubert: String quintet in C major, D956

 

+Thorsten Johanns (Clarinet)

 

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in D major, Op. 20/4

Erwin Schulhoff: „5 pieces for for String quartet“

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Johannes Brahms: Clarinet quintet in B minor, Op.115

 

 +Fabian Müller/ Christopher Park (Piano)

 

Joseph Haydn: String quartet in D mino op.76/2, „Fiths“

Alberto Ginastera: String quartet No.2, op.26

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Robert Schumann Piano quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44  OR

Johannes Brahms: Piano quintet in F minor, op.34



Program 2020/2021


 1)     “Through the ages” 

 

Few composers underwent such a remarkable development as Franz Schubert. In this program, his first and final string quartets are presented alongside each other: a balancing act between elegant simplicity and extreme emotionality. The Munich-born composer Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle is also keen to experiment, exploring new sound worlds in his string quartets.

 

Franz Schubert: String quartet No.1 "in mixed keys"

Pierre-Dominique Ponnelle (*1957): String quartet No.1  

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Franz Schubert: String quartet No.15 in G-Major, D887

 

  

2)   “Revolutionary”

 

Always revolutionary and ahead of his time – one of the most characteristic features of the great Ludwig van Beethoven is his irrepressible urge to innovate. This reveals itself in his early and late works in completely different ways, which becomes clear when they are directly compared – from youthful freshness to sublime lyricism, the variety in Beethoven’s music leaves no room for doubt about his genius.

The works by Beethoven are contrasted with the “Attacca” String Quartet by up-and-coming composer Gerald Resch, which the Aris Quartet will be premiering at the Musikverein Wien in 2020.

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet No.1 in F major, Op. 18/1

Gerald Resch (*1975): „Attacca“ for String quartet

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Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127

 

 

3) “Prohibited Music”

 

The unthinkable crimes of the Nazi regime included the stigmatization and persecution of great artists. Composers like Erwin Schulhoff and Pavel Haas died in Nazi concentration camps; the music of Felix Mendelssohn, too, was considered “degenerate” due to his Jewish ancestry. 

 

Erwin Schulhoff: „5 pieces for String Quartet“

Pavel  Haas: String quartet No. 3, Op.15

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Felix Mendelssohn: String quartet  in E- flat minor, op. 44/1

 

 

4)  “Classical”

 

The centerpiece of this program is Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in G major, one of the most important works of the genre. It is combined with the rousing energy of the D-major Quartet, op. 20, no. 4 by Joseph Haydn and the humorous Five Pieces by Erwin Schulhoff – who, with his varied oeuvre, has long been considered one of the classic composers of modernism. 

  

J. Haydn: String quartet in D Major, Op. 20/4

E. Schulhoff: „5 pieces for String quartet“

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F. Schubert: String quartet No.15 in G Major, D887     

 

 

Special programs Aris Quartett 2020/2021  

 

+Daniel Müller-Schott (Violoncello)

 

Schumann: String quartet op. 41/1

Solo piece Daniel Müller-Schott

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Schubert String quintet in C major D956

 

+Thorsten Johanns (Clarinet)

 

Joseph Haydn: String quaret in D Major, Op. 20/4

Erwin Schulhoff: „5 pieces for String quartet“

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Johannes Brahms: Clarinet quintet in B minor, Op.115



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