franz ensemble

The franz ensemble is a chamber music ensemble of young, internationally renowned soloists and chamber musicians, combining strings, winds and a pianist. The instrumentation allows for an enormous spectrum, ranging from the finest chamber music colours to orchestral sounds.

The musicians came together for the first time in 2017. The enthusiasm for joint concerts with the Octet by Franz Schubert, the ensemble’s namesake, led to the desire to perform together regularly and form a permanent ensemble.

The members of the franz ensemble are top-class soloists, professors, and orchestra members. They are united by many years of profound artistic experience, which stands as a guarantee for the high quality and tonal brilliance of the ensemble. Concerts have taken them to the Kissinger Sommer and the Musikfest Bremen, among others.

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“Elegant, new swing”, “Technically perfect and nuanced”

Deutschlandfunk 03/20

“Exciting ensemble playing and a beguilingly beautiful tonal culture.”

FONO FORUM 12/19

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ferdinand & ludwig

F. Ries: Octet in Ab major, Op. 128
L. v. Beethoven: Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20

© Kissinger Sommer

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louise, helena und ernst

L. Farrenc: Piano Quintet No. 1
H. Winkelman: „The poor Fiddler“
E. v. Dohnányi: Sextet in C major, Op. 37 (piano, clarinet, horn, violin, viola and cello)

© Ervis Zika

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Chaarts

The Swiss ensemble CHAARTS sees itself as the largest string quartet in the world. Following the example of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, CHAARTS invites members of internationally successful string quartets and chamber ensembles, soloists, concert masters and soloists from leading European orchestras. In groups of 8 to 40 players, the musicians develop exceptional concert programs, often according to the motto ‘the big small and the small big’: works for large orchestras are arranged for chamber ensembles while music for string quartets is transferred into arrangement for large groups. As a result, these masterpieces are often completely redesigned and playable in rooms or concert series that otherwise would not be able to present this music.

CHAARTS regularly collaborates with the Hungarian conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy and has performed with great success with musicians such as Martha Argerich, Vilde Frang, Ian Bostridge, Giovanni Sollima, Mischa Maisky, Roby Lakatos, Fazil Say, Regula Mühlemann, David Orlowsky, Felix Klieser and the King’s Singers.

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„Die Klassik-Band Chaarts Chamber Artists und Regula Mühlemann (…) versetzten das Publikum in Wonneschauer und ließen es manchmal sogar ein bisschen mitschunkeln”

Kultur – Zeitschrift für Kultur und Gesellschaft, 16th January 2020

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May 1 – 8, June 5 – 18, July, August 2023 and
January 15 – April 15 2024
Fairy tales
with Regula Mühlemann

Works by Edvard Grieg, Jules Massenet, Giuseppe Verdi, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy et al.

December 11 – 17 2023,
January 22 – 28 and March 4 – 10 2024
Seelenlust
with Felix Klieser

Works by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel

July 24 – August 06 2023
Ein Sommernachtstraum
with Anna-Maria and Malte Arkona

Shakespeare’s legendary stage play combined with Mendelssohn’s playful incidental music

Ein Sommernachtstraum, Chaarts © Glacinto Carlucci

Ein Sommernachtstraum, Chaarts & Malte Arkona © Glacinto Carlucci

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Oberon Trio

The Oberon Trio was founded in 2006. Shortly after the ensemble’s premier concert, the Flensburger Tageblatt already credited the Oberon Trio with “enormous interpretive abilities, which testify to the enchanting ripeness and stylistic command of this new ensemble.” Meanwhile, Oberon Trio has given performances at the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Dortmund and Esterházy Palace, among others, as well as in Italy, Bulgaria, Israel, India, Egypt and the Ukraine.

Its three members are committed to offering performances of lesser-known compositions alongside with established masterpieces. Their repertoire extends from piano trios by CPE Bach and Joseph Haydn, the pioneers of the medium, to those by Jörg Widmann and Charlotte Bray, whose trios were recorded by the ensemble for the first time. Oberon Trio also collaborates regularly with chamber music partners such as Tabea Zimmermann, Ian Bostridge, Christoph Prégardien and Shirley Brill.

A special passion of the Oberon Trio is the establishment of greater intimacy between the performers and the public. Through moderated concerts and by publishing their own programme notes of performed works among other approaches, they provide listeners with an insight into their working process and the background of their interpretations.

On November 19, 2022, the Oberon Trio invites you to the TRIOGIPFEL E.T.A.200. Together with the Amatis Trio, the Morgenstern Trio and the actress Stella Maria Adorf, the ensemble celebrates the poet, composer and caricaturist E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose death anniversary in 2022 is the 200th. The program includes works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, two world premieres by Britta Byström and Frank Zabel – and, of course, music and texts by the jubilarian E.T.A. Hoffmann. For more information, visit www.triogipfel.de

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„Zuhören einfach ein Genuß!“

Passauer Neue Presse, 16. Juli 2022

„Haydn und Schumann klingen frisch wie am ersten Tag, Hosokawas spirituelle Dimension ist geradezu eine Offenbarung, und Copland stringentes Doppelspiel mit Zwischentönen gelingt grandios.“

Crescendo, Februar 2020

„Kammermusik auf höchstem Niveau.“

Das Orchester, Mai, 2017

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Wanderer

„Ich wandle still, bin wenig froh,
Und immer fragt der Seufzer, wo?
Im Geisterhauch tönt’s mir zurück,
“Dort, wo du nicht bist, dort ist das Glück.”
Georg Philipp Schmidt von Lübeck, Des Fremdlings Abendlied

Hardly any subject had such great significance in the Romantic period as that of the wanderer. Wandering symbolises searching and fathoming, contemplation and observation, reflection, transformation, the search for meaning and identity.

F. Schubert: Trio in E flat Major D. 929, Op. 100
F. Liszt: Tristia
C. Saint-Saëns: Trio in E Minor, Op. 92

Dates available upon request
Duality

Works by Joseph Haydn, Aaron Copland, Toshio Hosokawa und Robert Schumann

Oberon Trio © Tobias Schult

Haydn: Trio d-moll Hob. XV:23 III. Finale- Vivace

Toshio Hosokawa: Piano Trio (2013/2017)

“Strongly recommended!”

Gramophone, Februar 2020

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THE BRITONS
with Ian Bostridge

Works by Joseph Haydn, Frank Bridge, Ludwig van Beethoven u.a.

Ian Bostridge © Kalpesh Lathigra

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PAST CONCERTS – A SELECTION


27 June 2020, Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
Beethoven3
Oberon Trio / Christoph Pregardién, tenor

Kronos Quartet

For over 45 years, San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet – David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello) – has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience. In the process, Kronos has become one of the world’s most celebrated and influential ensembles, performing thousands of concerts, releasing more than 60 recordings, collaborating with many of the world’s most accomplished composers and performers, and commissioning over 1,000 works and arrangements for string quartet. Kronos has received over 40 awards, including the prestigious Polar Music Prize, Avery Fisher Prize, and Edison Klassiek Oeuvreprijs for career achievement.

The nonprofit Kronos Performing Arts Association manages all aspects of Kronos’ work, including the commissioning of new works, concert tours and home season performances, education programs, and the annual Kronos Festival. In 2015, Kronos launched 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning—and distributing online for free—50 new works for string quartet composed by 25 women and 25 men.

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„Now after 45 years, the Kronos life journey [has become] a relentless endeavor to open up the world’s music for everyone.“

Metro Silicon Valley

„As Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, [Kronos Quartet is] not of an age but for all time.“

Santa Cruz Sentinel

„The most far-ranging ensemble geographically, nationally and stylistically the world has known.“

Los Angeles Times

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PAST CONCERTS

21 MAY 2022 Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele
50 for the future

For its 50 for the Future project, the Kronos Quartet asked 50 international composers to write new works. The compositions created and still being created follow a participatory approach in that the scores are accessible free of charge and are supplemented by audio samples and interviews. In Ludwigsburg, the programme included works by Angélique Kidjo, inti figgis-vizueta, Terry Riley and Philip Glass, among others.

 
 
 

„’Die sollten zum Jubiläum wiederkommen’,
meinte ein Besucher beim Weggehen.“

Ludwigsburger Kreiszeitung, 24. Mai 2022