Formed in 1994 by the Austrian violinist and conductor Thomas Zehetmair, the Zehetmair Quartet is one of the best string quartets in the world. Specialising in romantic and modern music, their programme reflects the talent and expertise of the musicians. After Brahms' String Quartet No.1, with which they made a strong impression at the Edinburgh International Festival, the quartet will perform two complex but very different masterpieces. Webern's Six bagatelles is a series of pieces that count among the shortest in Western music – concentrated and refined, they overturn our conceptions of the listening experience – while Sibelius' ‘Voces intimae’ Quartet deploys a richness of composition that is as demanding for the performer as it is exhilarating for the listener.
Scherzo (excerpt String Quartett Nr. 10, op. 125/1, D 87)
String Quartet no. 1, op. 51/1
6 Bagatellen, op. 9
String Quartet, op. 56, "Voces intimae"