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Easter at The Castle
Mendelssohn’s Octet • The Mandelring Quartet & Quartetto di Cremona
3–6 April 2015

The Mandelring Quartet:
Sebastian Schmidt violin
Nanette Schmidt violin
Roland Glassl viola
Bernhard Schmidt cello

Quartetto di Cremona:
Cristiano Gualco violin
Paolo Andreoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola
Giovanni Scaglione cello

For this special Easter weekend over three days, with five concerts, The Mandelring Quartet – one of the finest string quartets in the world – joins forces with Quartetto di Cremona with whom they have performed and recorded extensively.

The highlight of the weekend, and the element around which the rest of the programme is built, is a performance of Mendelssohn’s incomparable Octet on the morning of Easter Sunday.

If that is not quite enough of an enticement, we also hear the full set of Mendelssohn’s six string quartets, and Beethoven figures prominently in the final two concerts. Combined with these will be some of Mozart and Haydn’s best-loved quartet works.

The Mandelring Quartet are an exceptional group, famed for their expressivity and remarkable homogeneity of sound and phrasing. They have been prize-winners at prestigious competitions such as Munich International Music Competition, Evian and Reggio Emilia. Their busy concert schedule has taken them to major venues and festivals worldwide. This will be their second appearance at Taunton – their first being The Schumann Weekend in 2010.

Quartetto di Cremona formed in the year 2000 at the Stauffer Academy of Salvatore Accardo in Cremona. They went on to train with (amongst others) Hatto Beyerle of the Alban Berg Quartet. They have performed at many of the major concert venues and festivals in Europe and have enjoyed numerous appearances at Wigmore Hall. They are currently Artists in Residence at Milan’s Societa’ del Quartetto.

In due course, we will be offering participants an optional excursion on Easter Sunday afternoon – otherwise this is simply free time.

The Programme

Concert 1: The Mandelring Quartet
Friday 3 April 2015, 6.00pm

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.1 in E flat, Op.12; Mozart, String Quartet No.17 in B-flat, K.458 ‘The Hunt’; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.44 No.1.

Concert 2: The Mandelring Quartet
Saturday 4 April 2015, 11.00am

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13; Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.64 No.5, ‘The Lark’; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.4 in E minor, Op.44 No.2.

Concert 3: The Mandelring Quartet
Saturday 4 April 2015, 6.00pm

Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80; Haydn, String Quartet in D, Op.71 No.2; Mendelssohn, String Quartet No.5 in E flat, Op.44 No.3.

Concert 4: The Mandelring Quartet & Quartetto di Cremona
Sunday 5 April 2015, 11.00am Easter Day

Webern, Langsamersatz; Beethoven, Große Fuge Op.133; Mendelssohn, String Octet in E flat, Op.20.

Concert 5: Quartetto di Cremona
Monday 6 April 2015, 11.00am

Beethoven, String Quartet in C, Op.59 No.3, ‘Razumovsky’; Beethoven, String Quartet No.15 in A minor, Op.132.

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