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Zehetmair Quartett
Beethoven / Bruckner / Hartmann / Holliger

Thomas Zehetmair violin
Kuba Jakowicz violin
Matthias Metzger violin*
Ruth Killius viola
Ursula Smith violoncello
Françoise Groben violoncello*
CD 1

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Streichquartett F-Dur, op. 135

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Streichquartett c-Moll, WAB 111

CD 2

Karl Amadeus Hartmann (1905-1963)
Streichquartett Nr. 2*

Heinz Holliger (*1939)
Streichquartett Nr. 2

Recorded April 2002 and April/May 2010
ECM New Series 2195_96

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The Zehetmair Quartett, one of the most exciting and accomplished string quartets of our time, plays a programme of characteristically broad reach. This double album begins with Beethoven’s highly-concentrated opus 135, and concludes with Heinz Holliger’s explosions of fantasy in his 2nd String Quartet, a composition written for, and premiered by, the Zehetmair group. Bruckner’s rarely-heard C-minor quartet is, as Thomas Zehetmair notes, both touching and warm-hearted. These three pieces – the Beethoven, Bruckner and Holliger quartets – were recorded in Zurich 2010. The Hartmann Nr. 2 – “a large-scale nostalgic drama, full of wisdom” – was recorded in 2002 by an earlier quartet line-up, and this interpretation is previously unreleased. It was the last of the Zehetmair Quartett recordings to feature cellist and founding member Françoise Groben (1965- 2011). “Her energy and creativity were crucial to our development an early successes. This new production is dedicated to her memory.”

Beethoven / Bruckner / Hartmann / Holliger - Podcast
George Miller in conversation with Thomas Zehetmair