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The Leipzig String Quartet

Date: February 18, 2012, 7:00 pm

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This Saturday at Castleton offers a most unusual “treat”: the renown Leipzig String Quartet from Germany joining forces with actress Dietlinde Turban performing repertoire ranging from Schubert to John Cage and excerpts from Thomas Mann’s late novel Doctor Faustus which dramatizes a composer’s willingness to sell his soul to the devil in order to revolutionize sterile aesthetic conventions. Linking the composer’s fate explicitly to Germany’s Nazi period, Thomas Mann suggests that the country he counted among the most civilized in Europe had literally gone to the devil.

The Leipzig String Quartet, Founded in 1988, is now widely acclaimed as one of the most exciting string quartets on the international chamber music scene: TheNeue Züricher Zeitung has described the ensemble as "one of the towering and most versatile quartets of our time" and in 2002 The New York Times wrote "if there is a Leipzig sound, this is it!" Three of its members were first chairs in the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. After studies with Gerhard Bosse, the Amadeus quartet, Hatto Beyerle and Walter Levin, the quartet went on to win numerous prizes and awards, such as the 1991 International ARD Munich competition, and the Busch and Siemens prizes.

Today, the Leipzig String Quartet performs extensively throughout Europe, in Israel, Africa, Central and South America, Australia, Japan and Asia, including appearances at many of the major festivals. The quartet's already large repertoire consists of almost 300 works by approximately 100 composers and continues to grow. The quartet's almost 70 recordings, spanning from Mozart to Cage and including the complete works of Brahms, Mozart, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Schubert and the complete Second Viennese School have been met with international critical acclaim.



Theatre House, Castleton Farms
664 Castleton View Road
Castleton ,VA 22716

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