Founded in 2001, the Rasumowsky quartett feels in several ways close to Prince Andrej Kirilovitch Rasumowsky, the Russian ambassador in Vienna, friend of Beethoven, at the same time admirer and patron of the genre of string quartets, of which it chose to take the name. Rasumowsky-Quartett has its roots in the Russian string school and considers the literature of Viennese classicism, in historically informed performance practice, as its basic repertoire. Furthermore, the ensemble places particular emphasis on Russian quartet literature, new discoveries, contemporary Swiss music and interdisciplinary programs.
Today, based in Bern, Rasumowsky-Quartett has attracted international attention with the complete recording of all fifteen quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich (OehmsClassics label), on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the composer in 2006. Maxim Shostakovich himself being one of the most important performers of his father’s work, regarded the interpretation as “one of the best recordings of his father’s work whatsoever.”
The magazine “Der Spiegel” writes that because of the “incredible timpos and the stupefying ensemble playing” it is the “anniversary event”. In 2016 Rasumowsky-Quartett released the first complete recording of the four quartets of the Swiss romantic Friedrich Theodor Fröhlich (cpo label), rediscovered after a long research work.
Claudio Marini- Cello
Marco Rapattoni – Piano
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