The history of the chamber concerts at rosenau castle is a success story that no one would have dared to dream of 25 years ago. This success story – it is inseparably linked with the bamberger string quartet. It almost goes without saying that the anniversary concert in the marble hall was reserved for the bamberger string quartet.
At the 100. Concert at schloss rosenau the quartet, consisting of members and former members of the bamberger symphoniker, presented a program exclusively dedicated to works of the viennese classical period and reserved for pieces by the composer triumvirate haydn, beethoven and mozart.
It was already unbelievable in haydn’s C-major divertimento from opus 1 that the last personnel change of the quartet, founded in 1975, with branko kabadaic as the new man on the viola, set fresh artistic accents and really fired up the ensemble. Haydn’s work naturally revealed the special characteristic of the bamberger string quartet – the warmly timbrated, always rounded and balanced overall sound of the ensemble.
Haydn’s early quartet, still called the divertimento, was followed by beethoven’s so-called "complimentary quartet – the G major quartet from opus 18. That beethoven was already pursuing very ambitious goals with his first collection of quartets and wanted to demonstrate his ability without compromise became very clear in the gripping, energetic and sharply contoured performance of the bamberger string quartet. The quartet, full of deviations from the norm, was performed with great inner tension and responsive interaction.
Crowning finale of the anniversary concert: mozart’s clarinet quintet in A major, in which gunther forstmaier, solo clarinetist of the bamberg symphony orchestra, expanded the string quartet into a quintet. Forstmaier impressed with his flawless, rounded tone in all registers, as well as with his sensitive, sensitive interpretation. Enthusiastic applause and finally an excerpt of the mozart quintet as an encore.