Fauré Quartett (pianokwartet)
SYMPHONIC GIANTS ON A SMALLER SCALE
Regular piano quartets are rare. If, like the Fauré Quartett, they are showered with prizes and superlatives, they can easily be deemed unique. Last year the Fauré Quartett made a deep impression with its performance of Fauré and Brahms.
This time they are playing a rare programme at the express request of Handelsbeurs, consisting of early works by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler. Mahler was barely sixteen when he composed his darkly melancholic Quartettsatz. Martin Scorsese used it as the leitmotif in Shutter Island. Strauss, in turn, experiments with a luxurious sound architecture, foreshadowing the symphonic poems he would later write music history with.
Fauré Quartett: Erika Geldsetzer (violin), Dirk Mommertz (piano), Sascha Frömbling (viola), Konstantin Heidrich (cello)