After weeks of nothing but cancelled concerts and festivals, there is finally some positive news. The Schlossfestspiele Ludwigsburg now plan to replace the Mandelring Quartet’s complete Shostakovich cycle of fifteen quartets with a more restricted project: a concert of Shostakovich’s string quartets nos 1, 8 and 15 is scheduled for performance by the Mandelring Quartet on 26 June 2020, hopefully both in the Ordenssaal of Ludwigsburg castle with a live audience and also available for streaming. Further information to follow.
Meanwhile Beethoven’s fascinating Razumovsky string quartet in E minor op. 59 no. 2 can already be heard (and seen) here. in a recording from the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. The Mandelring Quartet is grateful to the Schubertiade for permission to post it online.