The Mandelring Quartet’s new CD has just been released. It brings together two works composed at about the same time: Maurice Ravel’s string quartet, a stroke of genius from the 27-year-old, and the subtle and colourful quartet op. 36 by Fernand de La Tombelle – an absolute revelation! Another CD is in the pipeline for November 2021, again featuring works from the French repertoire: the string quartets by Claude Debussy and Jean Rivier.

In placre of the CD release concert scheduled to take place in the Kammermusiksaal of the Berlin Philharmonie, the Mandelring Quartet is offering an online streaming:
The release concert of the Mandelring Quartet’s new CD “Pennies from Heaven” can be watched and listened to starting sunday 13 Cecember 2020 at 18.00 on YouTube.

Favourites from the Mandelring Quartet’s inexhaustible repertoire:
Mozart’s very first string quartet meets classics of Tango Argentino; Haydn’s radiant “Bird” string quartet appears alongside Stevie Wonder’s top hit Sir Duke, Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile and the famous St. Louis Blues. This iridescent kaleidoscope presents the Mandelring Quartet at their most personal.

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In protest against against the renewed cultural lockdown, performing artists from all over Germany have called for silent action. Watch the Mandelring Quartet’s contribution here.

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The  Mandelring Quartet’s concert with Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 15 at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele on June 26, 2020 will be livestreamed and broadcast in the ARD radio festival.
The livestream can be found on the website of the Festspiele from Friday, June 26, 20:00, as well as on the YouTube channel and the Facebook page of the Festspiele.

The concert will be broadcast in the ARD radio festival on Friday, August 07, 2020, 20:04, in the second part of the concert evening at about 21:15

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.


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The release of the first of two CDs of works from the French repertoire has been postponed from July to 6 November 2020 due to the coronavirus. The works are:
Maurice Ravel, string quartet in F major
Fernand de La Tombelle, string quartet in E major op. 36
The works of the second CD will feature the string quartet by Claude Debussy and the two string quartets by Jean Rivier.

October 25, 2019

Tour to Spain

A “marathon” tour with five concerts in as many days took the Mandelring Quartet to Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Madrid and Bilbao. A special highlight was the recital in Madrid’s Royal Palace, in which the Quartet performed on four Stradivari instruments from the royal collection.Mandelring Quartett Barcelona Birte Sachsse 2019_10 09493

October 12, 2019

CD Recording

October saw the recording of Part 2 of the Mandelring Quartet’s CD project, this time consisting of string quartets by the French composers Claude Debussy and Jean Rivier. The recording took place in the chamber music room of Deutschland Funk’s Cologne studio. This project is scheduled to reach completion in January 2020.2019_10 CD-Aufnahme Deutschlandradio

There are two radio broadcasts of concerts of the Mandelring Quartet:

German radio SWR 2
Wednesday May 8, 2019, 20:03 – 22:00

Concert from April 28, at the Schwetzinger Festspiele
The Program:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dissonance Quartet
Dmitri Schostakowitsch, string quartet No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven, string quartet in C major op. 59 No. 3
Further information:
This concert is offered as podcast as well.

2. At the Austrian radio OE1
Thursday, May 16, 2019 19:30
Schubertiade Hohenems 2019
Concert from May 1, together with the Minetti Quartet
The Program:
Haydn, string quartet op. 50 No. 5 „The Dream“ (Minetti Quartet)
Schubert, string quartet in D major D 94 (Mandelring Quartet)
Mendelssohn, octet op. 20
Further Informationen:
This concert is offered as podcast for 7 days.