Ventura Music Festival

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin

Philharmonia Quartett Berlin


Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA

“What’s the Score?” Pre-Concert Lecture with Nuvi Mehta at 6:45 pm

The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, the string quartet of the renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world's premier string quartets with 30 years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography. Founded in 1984 by the principal concertmaster and the string section leaders of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the quartet appears regularly at the world's most prestigious concert halls. They will perform an all-Beethoven program at the Ventura Music Festival (see below).

Annual appearances include a series of five performances each season presented by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, performances at the Berlin Festival, Salzburg Festival, Bath Festival and Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s appearances in North America have included engagements in St. Louis, Chicago, Toronto, New Haven, Washington DC and New York. Other highlights include regular invitations from the Spanish Royal Family to the Palacio Real to play on the royal Stradivari instruments. Lord Yehudi Menuhin commented: “I’d like to hear music always played as beautifully as you play.”

The ensemble’s extensive discography includes recordings of the quartets of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Shostakovich and Reger for the Thorofon Classics label. The Reger recording was awarded the German Record Critics prize. The quartet is a two time recipient of the “ECHO KLASSIK” award for Chamber Music.

String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in F minor
  Allegro con brio common time
  Allegretto ma non troppo
  Allegro assai vivace ma serioso
  Larghetto espressivo; Allegretto agitato; Allegro
Ludwig v. Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)
String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135 in F Major
  Lento assai, cantante e tranquillo
  “Der schwer gefaßte Entschluß.” Grave, ma non troppo tratto (Muss es sein?)
  — Allegro (Es muss sein!) — Grave, ma non troppo tratto — Allegro
Ludwig v. Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)
String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1
  Allegro con brio
  Adagio affettuoso ed appassionato
  Scherzo: Allegro molto
Ludwig v. Beethoven
(1770 – 1827)