RSB Chamber concert

The RSB’s 21/22 chamber music season begins in liberating fashion. For the first time, four concertmasters and string principals of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin form an “ensemble of the first desks” (Hans-Jakob Eschenburg), which opens the evening with Paul Ben-Haim’s early string quartet from 1919. Paul Ben-Haim was born Paul Frankenburger in Munich in 1897 and emigrated to Palestine in 1933. This is followed by the String Quartet (1924), composed over three movements in a manner that is as folkloristically rousing as it is brash and modern, by Erwin Schulhoff, a German-Czech who was later sent to his death by the Nazis at Theresienstadt. At the end of its last (slow) movement, the solo viola intones an extinguishing heartbeat….

May the ethos set to music of Beethoven’s great A minor string quartet, with the Heiligen Dankgesang eines Genesenen an die Gottheit (holy song of thanksgiving) in the Adagio movement, finally and definitively bring people to their senses. It might even help them move on from the pandemic.

We would like to invite you to dive into inner worlds for a few minutes right before the concert begins.  Appropriate mindfulness exercises help relax the mind and body, sharpen the senses, and feel boundlessness. Here you will find information: Mindfulness exercises before chamber concerts


Paul Ben-Haim
Streichquartett op. 21

Erwin Schulhoff
String quartet No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven
Streichquartett a-Moll op. 132


Erez Ofer - Violin
Nadine Contini - Violin
Alejandro Regueira Caumel - Viola
Hans-Jakob Eschenburg - Violoncello

Thursday, October 14 2021
Doors: 6.30 pm / Start: 7.30 pm