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Zehetmair Quartet

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Monday 15 March 2010

The Zehetmair Quartet at Wigmore Hall in a concert which includes a rarely heard piece by Bruckner, his String Quartet in C minor and Schumann's Quartet in A minor op 41 no 1.

The quartet was founded by the charismatic violinist Thomas Zehetmair and unusually for a chamber ensemble, they play their whole repertoire from memory. The programme features two works in which the composers were experimenting with the string quartet. Bruckner wrote his C minor quartet as a student, but it was only rediscovered some decades after his death. The composer's love of Bach and Schubert can be traced in the writing. And there's a hint of Bach in the Schumann Quartet as well, which shows the fruits of Schumann's recent study of the art of counterpoint in the opening movement.

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