The New-Found Song of the Lyre

Quartetto Klimt

Franz Schubert
Adagio and rondò concertante in F major D487

Gustav Mahler
Quartettsatz in A minor

Alfred Schnittke
Quartet in A minor (from Mahler’s Quartettsatz)

Azio Corghi
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Robert Schumann
Quartet in E-flat major Op. 47


There are ties that overcome space and time. One such tie bound the young Mahler to the mature Schnittke, more than a hundred years apart: the first was a student in Vienna when, in 1876, he wrote a piano quartet whose surviving manuscript only includes the first movement and 27 bars of a Scherzo. The second, in 1988 Russia, worked on that fragment, forcing Mahler’s innate formal and harmonic audacity with the sensitivity of a man who had been through the contradictions of the XX century. Quartetto Klimt now propose this work in a programme that also features the expressive urgency of Schumann’s op. 47, composed in a mere five days at the height of his “chamber music period”, as well as Schubert’s “brilliant” Adagio and Rondo, a superb “pièce d’occasion”, and Corghi’s eloquent foray into the new millennium.