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Johannes Brahms: String Quintet in G major, op. 111
Alexander Zemlinsky: Two movements for string quintet
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), String Sextet, op. 4
In the Stefaniensaal in Graz, where nostalgia for the turn of the century wafts through the air, Schoenberg’s colourful string melodies turn into a “Transfigured Night” almost of their own accord. The musicians of the Zemlinsky Quartet from Prague create a bridge between the floating waltz themes of Brahms’ later works, via the quartet’s espressivo, and Schoenberg’s string sextet, which was inspired by a poem. Schoenberg’s symphonic poem for six strings, “Verklärte Nacht”, moves the listeners even more deeply after hearing Richard Dehmel’s poem. This concert combined with a reading takes you on a journey to the Vienna of around 1900.