Listen: Minetti Quartett Performs Haydn and Beethoven

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Monday, August 29, 2016

The Minetti Quartet is based in Vienna. The Minetti Quartet is based in Vienna. (Irène Zandel)

This week, the Austrian Minetti Quartett presents an all-Viennese program at the Frick Collection, featuring works by Haydn, Berg and Beethoven. The group, comprised of violinists Maria Ehmer, Anna Knopp, violist Milan Milojicic and cellist Leonhard Roczek, has been performing together for more than a decade.

Both Ehmer and Knopp grew up in the same small North Austrian town, and the quartet formed during their studies in Salzburg and Vienna, where they are currently based.

The concert at the Frick included Haydn's "Sunrise" String Quartet, selections from Berg's String Quartet No. 3 and somewhat of a surprise ending. The Minetti had prepared to perform a late Beethoven quartet, Opus. 127, but somewhere along its American tour, cellist Roczek broke his wrist. While the injury didn't sideline him completely, Roczek had to wear a brace and avoid anything too strenuous. Thus the group substituted the earlier Opus 18, which is a bit less taxing and fit well into the evening's theme, having been inspired by Haydn's string quartets.

Program:

Haydn: Quartet in B-Flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”

Berg: excerpts from Quartet No. 3 (1910)  

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18, No. 1, second, third and fourth movements

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