Selected by / Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet no. 2
Bedřich Smetana String Quartet no. 1 ‘Aus meinem Leben’
Each day in Selected By a quartet will present two major works of its own choice in a one-hour performance without interval. The juxtaposition of the two pieces creates a strong contrast or tension, while in some cases their musical impact is reinforced by their relationship to each other.
Selected By kicks off with two highly charged string quartets. Tchaikovsky himself had no qualms about his second string quartet: ‘I regard it as my best work; no other piece has poured forth from me so simply and easily.’ Smetana’s first string quartet was also close to his own heart: a musical autobiography in which he reminisces on episodes from his entire life.