Four Inspired Musicians
Christian Tetzlaff, Elisabeth Kufferath, violins; Hanna Weinmeister, viola; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
Arnold Schoenberg, String Quartet No 1 in D minor, Op. 7
Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No 13 in B flat Major, Op. 130 with Grande Fugue, Op. 133
Dramatic, energetic playing of clean intensity
The New York Times
An ethereal and light joy, one cannot play Beethoven’s music any better or more fulfilling than this.
They produce a dazzling palette of sounds, roaring like a full symphony or whispering at near-inaudibility.
The Washington Post
Tetzlaff Quartett brings together four acclaimed chamber musicians – the Tetzlaff siblings were joined by two musicians who pursue successful individual careers. Their few yet eagerly awaited concerts testify to the ensemble’s sterling music-making. Although uncrowned with an array of awards and prizes, the quartet ranks among some of the world’s finest chamber ensembles – impeccable technique and invigorating expressiveness culminate in sonically balanced, refined and precise performances marked by a unique interpretive freedom.
The Tetzlaff Quartett’s deeply engaged performances faithfully reflect the greatness of Beethoven’s late quartets, which blend the sheer force of music with the insightfulness of Schonberg’s first foray into absolute music; which already heralds the composer’s deviation into the domain of atonality.