The Zehetmair Quartet returns to the International Festival with an exhilarating concert of much-loved Chamber works.
Founded in 1994 by the exceptional violin soloist (and conductor) Thomas Zehetmair, the Quartet has been praised worldwide for its finesse and drama. The group has given several acclaimed International Festival recitals in recent years.
They bring together two much-loved chamber works, both of them complementary yet contrasting. Written the same year and published together, Brahms’s two Op 51 Quartets are like dissimilar siblings with two different personalities, although clearly born out of the same creative imagination. The First is terse and tragic, contrasting churning emotions with gentle lyricism. The Second, by contrast, is on a grander scale, with a flashing Hungarian folk dance in its rollicking finale.
always exploratory, sometimes revelatory
Erica Jeal, the Guardian
Thomas Zehetmair Violin
Jakub Jakowicz Violin
Ruth Killius Viola
Christian Elliott Cello
Brahms String Quartet in C minor Op 51 No 1
Brahms String Quartet in A minor Op 51 No 2