Chamber Concert • Simón Bolívar String Quartet
ALBERTO GINASTERA String Quartet No. 1, Op. 20
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Three Fugues from The Art of Fugue – Contrapunctus VII, Contrapunctus XII, Contrapunctus XVII (2008)
DMITRY SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 110
MAURICE RAVEL String Quartet in F major
End of concert approx. 21:35.
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Four section leaders – one quartet. For many years, Alejandro Carreño, Boris Suaréz, Ismel Campos and Aimon Mata have played together in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra; in 2010 the four Venezuelans embarked upon their first concert tour as a chamber ensemble. They have performed in Great Britain, Canada, the USA, in Japan and of course in many Latin American countries; this season they visit not only the Salzburg Festival, but also Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. The spring of 2013 saw the release of their first album on Deutsche Grammophon, which also included the fiendishly difficult String Quartet No. 1 by the Argentinean Alberto Ginastera, which opens the ensemble’s concert in Salzburg.