Michelangelo String Quartet

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Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie


George Enescu

Octet for Strings in C Major op.7

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Octet for Strings in E-flat Major op. 20

Approximate running time: 2h with one intermission

With its elliptical shape that removes the separation of stage and auditorium, the Pierre Boulez Saal is the ideal space to experience the intimate musical atmosphere of the string quartet. At the end of the season, 11 ensembles—veteran quartets as well as artists of the younger generation—come together for a very special concert marathon. From Haydn and Beethoven to Britten and Shostakovich, from Yiddish cabaret songs of the 1920s to works by contemporary composers, the programs collectively reveal the astonishing stylistic and emotional range contained in the interplay of four string instruments.

For this Academy Concert on June 15, the Michelangelo String Quartet is joined by students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie for a special octet program.