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Julia Fischer Quartett

Programme

String quartet, KV 421 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String quartet no. 8, op. 110 Dmitry Shostakovich
String quartet no. 2, op. 51/2 Johannes Brahms


Following her recital in November, Julia Fischer is back, this time in the company of her quartet. Surrounded by her musician friends, the German violinist reveals another facet to her artistic personality, in a chamber music programme which combines the profound and the sublime. Mozart’s Quartet no. 15 is part of the six quartet collection dedicated to his master Haydn – who taught him how to write quartets. It was a struggle to compose and this work puts paid to the general impression people have of Mozart’s “absolute genius” but is no less powerful because of that! Next, it’s the turn of another master, Dmitri Shostakovich, and his Eighth Quartet, a tormented work dedicated to “the victims of the war and fascism”. Also very serious, but with a tinge of romantic melancholy, Brahms’ Quartet op. 51 no. 2 opens up the skies to end in the light.