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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.

HAGEN QUARTETT © Harald Hoffmann

With his Tenth String Quartet, which he dedicated to Mieczysław Weinberg, Shostakovich engaged in a friendly competition, setting himself the task of “catching up with and overtaking” his Polish-Russian colleague, as he put it in 1964. He eventually composed 15 quartets—with a total of 17, Weinberg gained the upper hand in this “quartet duel.” As part of its Shostakovich cycle, the Hagen Quartett performs the Tenth Quartet alongside Nos. 11 and 12—in the latter work, the composer experimented with dodecaphony.

  • Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 10 in A-flat major Op. 118
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 122
  • Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major Op. 133

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Participating artists
Hagen Quartett
Lukas Hagen
Rainer Schmidt
Veronika Hagen
Clemens Hagen
Pierre Boulez Saal