November 6, 2020
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.
November 2, 2020
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.
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 www.schlossfestspiele.de 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
May 25, 2020
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.
April 3, 2020
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
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.
October 12, 2019
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.
There are two radio broadcasts of concerts of the Mandelring Quartet:
1. German radio SWR 2
Wednesday May 8, 2019, 20:03 – 22:00
Concert from April 28, at the Schwetzinger Festspiele
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Dissonance Quartet
Dmitri Schostakowitsch, string quartet No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven, string quartet in C major op. 59 No. 3
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
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
This concert is offered as podcast for 7 days.
April 20, 2019
Mandelring in Bogotá:
4 of 550 musicans, including 6 orchestras
5 of 50 concerts with Brahms, Schubert, Schumann.
A incredible festival with wonderful audiences!
October 1, 2018
As from the 2018/19 season, arrangements for the Berlin Cycle will be in the hands of concert manager Hans Adler.
The Mandelring Quartet wishes to thank concert management Andrea Hampf for so ably undertaking these arrangements in the past years, and looks forward to the new collaboration.
Detailed information and the opportunity to order tickets can be found here.
Dates and programmes for the current season here:
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 20:00, Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
THE BERLIN CYCLE I
SUMMIT MEETING – BEETHOVEN & BARTOK II
Ludwig van Beethoven, string quartet op. 18/2
Béla Bartók, string quartet No. 2
Ludwig van Beethoven, string quartet op. 59/2
Friday, January 18, 2019, 20:00, Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
THE BERLIN CYCLE II
Ernö Dohnányi, piano quintet No. 2 op. 26
Joseph Haydn, string quartet op. 76/4 „The Sunrise”
Antonín Dvořák, piano quintet in A major op. 81
with Lauma Skride, piano
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 20:00, Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
THE BERLIN CYCLE III
MUSIC CAPITAL VIENNA II
Anton Webern, Slow Movement for string quartet
Anton Webern, Five Movements for string quartet
Wolfgang A. Mozart, string quartet KV 465 „Dissonance Quartet“
Johannes Brahms, string quartet op. 51/2