Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Divertimento in F major K. 138

Johannes Brahms

String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major op. 67

Anton Webern

Five Movements for String Quartet Op. 5

Johannes Brahms

String Quartet No. 1 in C Minor op. 51/1

Approximate running time: 2h 15m with one intermission

Since first performing together as a quartet approximately ten years ago, the four principal string players of the Staatskapelle Berlin have made a name for themselves as a permanent ensemble. Following their acclaimed Schubert cycle in 2017–18, they now embark on a four-part survey of the works of Johannes Brahms. For the first pair of concerts in January, the four musicians are joined by Elisabeth Leonskaja in performances of the composer’s piano quartets (with alternating violinists) and his quintet. In April, they take on the three string quartets, in a inspired juxtaposition with works by Mozart and members of the Second  Viennese School.