Piano, courted by strings
Since 1995 the Fauré Quartet, which grew up at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music, has been playing in unchanged formation. Fixed formations in this field are among the rarities of the chamber music scene. It is no coincidence that the "Faurés" chose the Frenchman as their patron saint, who had caused a real boom with his works on the other side of the Rhine - after decades of almost no chamber music. Beethoven's Opus 16, originally set for wind instruments with piano, can be heard in the composer's own, fully valid arrangement. A special treasure is the passionate quartet movement by the very young Gustav Mahler. What would one give if not only the first movement of this stroke of genius by the symphonic composer had survived!