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String Quartet in G minor Op. 9 No. 1 (excerpts)
String Quartet (excerpts)
String Quartet No. 2 in A major (excerpt)
String Quartet in F major (excerpts)
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String Quartet in E major Op. 36
Sebastian Schmidt, Nanette Schmidt violins
Andreas Willwohl alto
Bernhard Schmidt cello
Thanks to the influence of Beethoven, in nineteenth-century France the string quartet was regarded as the serious genre par excellence, to which composers entrusted their most profound utterances. In the final quarter of the century, such works increased in density and often represented the culmination of a career. For such figures as Debussy and Ravel, on the other hand, the genre constituted the founding act of their compositional efforts: their quartets are highly innovative in their handling of instrumental timbre and treat the Beethovenian heritage with considerable freedom. From post-Romanticism to post-Franckism and neoclassicism, the French quartet of the early twentieth century is notable for its great stylistic eclecticism.
After achieving success in a number of prestigious competitions, the Mandelring Quartett embarked on a career that quickly acquired an international dimension. It is a guest at the leading festivals, and its recordings frequently receive critical acclaim (notably with a nomination for an International Classical Music Award). The HAMBACHERMusikFEST, which the quartet founded in 1997, is a regular meeting-place for lovers of chamber music. The Mandelring Quartett presents a concert series at the Berlin Philharmonie and in its home town of Neustadt.