Thursday, 6/13/2024
at 7:30 PM

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Jörg Widmann (*1973)
String Quartet No. 3 "Hunt Quartet"

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 "Quartetto serioso"

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928)
String Quartet No. 1 "Kreutzer Sonata"

Raròn Quartet
Hans Henning Ernst (Violin)
Carolin Grün (Violin)
Franziska Hügel (Viola)
Joachim Jamaer (Cello)

About the Concert
This program is a journey through the centuries-long, diverse interactions between string quartet literature and the genre of the novel. All three presented works in this program have various connections to literary works. The theme of freedom and captivity of the human being are explored in this program, consisting of three quartet works by Jörg Widmann, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Leoš Janáček, framed by contrasting literature.

Writing and music have always fertilized each other. They are siblings - "Sons of the Muses," as seen in Vult and Walt in Jean Paul's novel, who appear completely different but often need each other nonetheless. Both art forms are perhaps the most beautiful manifestations of free will, maybe the highest good of humanity, always seeking ways to unfold freely. Music has the ability to "unleash" literature - not only in the sense of ETA Hoffmann - because what is written down suddenly becomes a less free thought, something that often needs to be accounted for. Music, being more abstract, is harder to grasp, less precisely interpretable, and can often elude direct identification more easily than a literary work. Musical works that are secretly related to literary sibling works can thus, in a way, unleash them.

What is freedom worth to us?

Raròn Quartet

The Performers
"Rose, O pure contradiction, desire to be no one's sleep under so many songs." This pensive, almost worldly-lost phrase, engraved on the gravestone of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke in Raron, Switzerland, has become the motto of the Raròn Quartet. The string quartet was founded in February 2022 in Frankfurt with the common goal of making chamber music with great depth and emotional closeness at a high virtuosic level and presenting a fresh, fiery approach to the works. During their joint debut, they won first prize at the Lenzewski Foundation Competition. The quartet is mentored by the experienced quartet leader Tim Vogler (Vogler Quartet). The four passionate chamber musicians have all won awards and are contracted with renowned institutions.

Photo: Milena Böhm

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