Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet
Schubert / Reimann: Mignon adapted and transcribed for Soprano and String Quartet by Aribert Reimann
String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp Minor Op. 10
Ludwig van Beethoven
Septet in E-flat Major Op. 20
Soprano Christiane Karg, the String Quartet of the Staatskapelle, and the Boulez Ensemble take on Aribert Reimann’s Mignon, an adaptation of four of Schubert’s "Mignon" songs on words from Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship for voice and string quartet. Karg will also be heard in the setting of two Stefan George poems that form the final movements of Schoenberg’s searing Second String Quartet—a deeply personal work, written in response to a marital crisis and dedicated to the composer’s wife. The program concludes with Beethoven’s Septet, one of his most popular early works, composed around the time of his First Symphony.