On two evenings, a high-carat quartet consisting of Marlis Petersen, Anke Vondung, Werner Güra and Paul Armin Edelmann explores the possibilities of four-part vocal literature, accompanied by the pianists Christoph Berner and Camillo Radicke. Franz Schubert’s duets and quartets are enjoyably juxtaposed with vocal quartets by Joseph Haydn; in their contrasts, both composers and the breadth of their output are illuminated. Songs such as Die Geselligkeit or Der Hochzeitsbraten set a jovial tone before the lyrical indulgence of Johannes Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer Op. 52 & 65, two classics of the genre which round out the evening. The programme reflects the kaleidoscope of human emotions, presented with musical finesse in two cities with a great chamber music tradition: it will be performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, recently reopened after years of renovation.
Marlis Petersen, soprano
Werner Güra, tenor
Anke Vondung, mezzo-soprano
Paul-Armin Edelmann, baritone
Camillo Radicke & Christoph Berner, piano