Master quartet celebrates with Schubert and Mozart.
The Salzburg-based Hagen Quartet has been called 'the pinnacle of musicality' (Die Presse) and tours concert halls worldwide. Its members are today professors and mentors at the Salzburg Mozarteum and other institutions. Three of the musicians are siblings and have played together their whole lives. Rainer Schmidt joined the quartet in 1987.
In 2021, the legendary quartet celebrates its 40th anniversary. In Håkonshallen they will perform works by Schubert and Mozart together with the French cellist Gautier Capuçon. Capuçon
is lauded for his expressive virtuosity and performs regularly with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic.
Schubert's string quintet is considered an absolute high-point in chamber music. The 'cello quintet' became the composer's final chamber work and requires an extra cello instead of the extra viola common in conventional string quintets.
The ensemble also performs two of
Preussian string quartets, composed in 1789–1790 after a commission by the King of Prussia,
Friedrich Wilhelm II. The King never paid his fee, and Mozart published the works at his own expense. The works are known for their beauty, with a fine balance between the instruments and an accented and singing cello voice – the instrument which the King of Prussia played himself.
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