It's back to one of the more unusual sites in the German festival season this time: a riverfront power plant in the town of Heimbach. Schubert is at the center of a recent program from Heimbach's 'Tensions' festival.
"Spannungen" (Tensions) is both the name, and a kind of motto, for one of the most interesting chamber music festivals in Germany. Hosted in the western village of Heimbach, the annual event offers audiences fresh takes on well-known chamber works as well as the chance to make new musical discoveries. Pianist Lars Vogt established the festival in the remote location with the intent of exploring the music on the program in deeper ways. "Tensions" has since developed a cult following, and tickets sell out quickly.
This time, we present part two of the program that we began last week. It included Schubert's early String Quartet in D Major, written when the composer was just 15 years old. At the festival, that work was paired with the last quartet Schubert wrote: his String Quartet in G Major. The work fills nearly the entire expanse of our show this week.
The contrasts with Schubert's earlier quartet are vivid - this is a work full of daring and radical turns. It was written just two years prior to Schubert's premature death in 1828.
To round out the hour, there's also a taste of Dvorak, from the same program at the Heimbach festival.
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
String Quartet in G Major, op. Posth. 161
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Antje Weithaas, violin
Rachel Roberts, viola
Quirine Viersen, cello
Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904)
Dumka No. 3
Lars Vogt, piano
Christoph Tetzlaff, violin
Tanja Tetzlaff, cello
Recorded by Deutschlandfunk, Cologne (DLF) in the Power Plant in Heimbach on June 6, 2013
Rebroadcasting rights: One broadcast before January 26, 2015