The Belcea Quartet contains violinists Corina Belcea and Axel Schacher, violist Krzysztof Chorzelski, and cellist Antoine Lederlin.
Between 2017 and 2020, the quartet was Ensemble-in-Residence of Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal — the place they’ve since carried out often. They’ve additionally been a part of a string quartet cycle at Vienna Konzerthaus since 2010.
For his or her new album of Johannes Brahms’ solely two string sextets, the quartet invited buddies violist Tabea Zimmermann and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras to report the works with them at Austria’s Vienna Konzerthaus.
Brahms started writing his String Sextet No.1 in B flat main, op.18, in 1859. It was his first main chamber work with out piano accompaniment. In search of steering, he despatched proofs to his good friend and famed violinist Joseph Joachim in 1860, writing: “Generally issues take me somewhat a very long time, however that in all probability gained’t elevate your hopes too excessive. All the identical, since with God nothing is inconceivable, I enclose the components in case the Rondo takes your fancy.”
In 1864-65, Brahms wrote his String Sextet No.2 in G main, op.36. Constructed on an identical construction to his Sextet No.1, the work premiered in Boston in 1866. Whereas it was not well-received at its European premiere in Vienna the next yr, the piece was later deemed a real masterpiece.
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Based mostly in Nice Britain, the Belcea Quartet was fashioned at London’s Royal School of Music in 1994. Its founders are Romanian violinist Belcea who now performs a 1775 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin and Polish violist Chorzelski, who performs on a c.1670 Nicola Amati viola.
They have been joined by French musicians Schacher and Lederlin who, respectively, play an 1824 Nicolas Lupot violin and a 1722 Matteo Gofriller cello. Each Lederlin and Belcea’s devices are loaned by the MERITO String Devices Trusts Vienna.
Their upcoming performances embody the Pierre Boulez Saal in Could, Basel’s Théâtre des Gare du Nord, and the Mendelssohn & Enescu Octet Venture with members of Quatuor Ébène.