This year’s Quartet Week features six acclaimed ensembles who will explore a wide-ranging selection of works from the rich quartet repertoire in the Pierre Boulez Saal’s intimate setting. With celebrated masterpieces of the genre performed side by side with contemporary and recent pieces, the program reveals surprising connections and echoes across different styles and eras.
Leoš Janáček’s passionate yet platonic love for Kamila Stösslová, a woman almost 40 years his junior, provided the impetus for the creation of a number of works, most notably the Second String Quartet of 1928. The Berlin Staatskapelle String Quartet performs this musical declaration of love together with the composer’s First Quartet, written five years earlier and inspired by Tolstoi’s The Kreutzer Sonata. Actor Udo Samel reads from the novella as well as Stösslová and Janáček’s numerous “intimate letters.”
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