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20 May - 03 June 2020

Chiaroscuro Quartet

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​Moved by Death and the Maiden.

​‘A shock to the ears of the best kind,’ was how The Observer described a Chiascuro recording. The four musicians, playing on gut strings with historically correct bows, start and end their concert in Håkonshallen with Schubert.

‘We feel a particular affinity with Schubert’s musical language,’ the members explain.

The composer’s famous Death and the Maiden alternates between lyrical and violently dramatic moods. Chiaroscuro, regarded as one of the world's leading quartets, has performed and recorded the work several times.

‘Even so, we are always moved by this piece. It is impossible not to be moved by it,’ the musicians say.

There is also a Haydn string quartet in their programme.

Chiascuro explain: ‘By putting Haydn in the middle of the programme, we return to the origin and the very core of the string quartet. We love playing this music – its musical language is completely different from Schubert’s. The humour in Haydn’s music opens up so many opportunities, and we keep finding new ways to perform his works.’

Photo: Eva Vermandel 



​1 h 30 min incl. interval


  • Standard: 450/490  
  • Senior: 405/441  
  • Under 30/student: 190 
  • FiB Fordel until 13 April: 315/343 
  • FiB Fordel from 14 April: 360/392  
  • BT Fordel: 337/367

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  • Chiaroscuro Quartet
  • Alina Ibragimova violin 
  • Pablo Hernán Benedí violin 
  • Emilie Hörnlund viola
  • Claire Thirion cello

Music by

  • ​Schubert 
  • Haydn


  • Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Quartet Movement in C minor, D 703 
  • Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
    String Quartet in F minor, op. 20:5
  • Interval
  • Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    String Quartet no. 14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden D 810

Supported by

​The Savings Bank Foundation DNB – Dextra Musica

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