Artists

Hagen Quartett
Lukas Hagen

Violin

Rainer Schmidt

Violin

Veronika Hagen

Viola

Clemens Hagen

Violoncello

Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quartet in B-flat major K. 589

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quartet in D minor K. 421

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quartet in F major K. 590

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

The Hagen Quartett returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal to perform Mozart’s last two string quartets during this year's Quartet Week. The composer, heavily in debt, was forced to sell them “for a trivial sum” in 1790 to make ends meet. These two works are complemented by the D-minor Quartet K. 421. Written in 1785, when public enthusiasm for the string quartet was at its height in Vienna, the piece is part of the set Mozart dedicated to his “dear friend Haydn,” creating a masterful musical monument to the “father” of the quartet genre.