German violinist Veronika Eberle (violin), Israeli violinist & violist Amihai Grosz (viola) and Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta (cello) perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major, K. 563. Recorded during the 2016 Solsberg Festival and published by the Hochrhein Musikfestival channel. Producer: Thomas Märki; sound: Joël Cormier; post-production: Amaury Berger; cameras: Yves de Pra, Jonathan Hug.
The work was completed in Vienna on September 27, 1788, and is dedicated to Michael Puchberg (September 21, 1741, Zwettl, Lower Austria – January 21, 1822, Vienna), a textile merchant and a fellow Freemason, who lent money to Mozart during a difficult period in the composer’s life, when his financial situation had worsened. The premiere was in Dresden on April 13, 1789
Movements of Divertimento
With starting times in the video:
- 00:03 Allegro (E-flat major, sonata form, 4/4)
- 09:10 Adagio (A-flat major, sonata form, 3/4)
- 20:46 Menuetto – Trio (E-flat major, ternary form, 3/4)
- 26:39 Andante (B-flat major, theme
and4 variations, with the third variation in B-flat minor, 2/4)
- 34:18 Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II (E-flat major, rondo form, with the first trio in A-flat major and the second trio in B-flat major, 3/4)
- 40:17 Allegro (E-flat major,
Sol Gabetta (born 18 April 1981) is an Argentine cellist. She achieved international acclaim upon winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2004 and making her debut with Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Born in Argentina, Gabetta won her first competition at the age of ten, soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award as well as commendations at Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, she received the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award in 2010 and the Würth-Preis of the Jeunesses Musicales in 2012.
Following her highly acclaimed debuts with Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2014 and at Mostly Mozart in New York in August 2015 this season sees Gabetta debut with Los Angeles Philharmonic and Houston Symphony. She will also perform with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and will tour with Orchestre de Paris, Il Giardino Armonico, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresdner Philharmonie with whom she is Artist in Residence this season. Brussels’ Palais des Beaux Arts will also welcome her as their resident artist. To conclude 2015/16 Gabetta will join the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a European tour with performances at Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival as well as Salzburger Festspiele.
Gabetta performs with leading orchestras and conductors worldwide including the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Bolshoi and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras and The Philadelphia, London Philharmonic and Philharmonia orchestras.
She also collaborates extensively with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Mario Venzago, and Krzysztof Urbański.
As a chamber musician Gabetta performs worldwide in venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, with distinguished partners including Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Bertrand Chamayou. Her passion for chamber music is evident in the Festival ‘Solsberg’ which she founded in Switzerland.
Sol Gabetta was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2013 Echo Klassik Awards for her interpretation of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto with Berliner Philharmoniker and Lorin Maazel. She also received the award in 2007, 2009 and 2011 for her recordings of Haydn, Mozart and Elgar Cello concerti as well as works by Tchaikovsky and Ginastera. With an extensive discography with SONY, she has also released a duo recital with Hélène Grimaud for Deutsche Grammophon.
Thanks to a generous private stipend by the Rahn Kulturfonds, Sol Gabetta performs on one of the very rare and precious cellos by G.B. Guadagnini dating from 1759. Gabetta has taught at the Basel Music Academy since 2005.
Veronika Eberle (born 26 December 1988) is a German violinist. She is one of Germany’s greatest violin talents and plays with many world-famous orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic and the London Philharmonic. She was born in Donauwörth, Southern Germany, where she started violin lessons at the age of six. Four years later she became a junior student at the Richard Strauss Konservatorium in Munich, with Olga Voitova. After studying privately with Christoph Poppen for a year, she joined the Hochschule in Munich, where she studied with Ana Chumachenco between 2001-2012.
Sir Simon Rattle’s introduction of Veronika Eberle, aged just 16, to a packed Salzburg Festpielhaus at the 2006 Salzburg Easter Festival, in a performance of the Beethoven concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, brought her to international attention. Key orchestra and conductor collaborations since then include the London Symphony (Rattle), Concertgebouw Orchestra (Holliger), New York Philharmonic (Gilbert), Montreal Symphony (Nagano), Munich Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra (Langree), Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Janowski), Hessischer Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester (P. Järvi), Bamberger Symphoniker (Ticciati, Nott), Tonhalle Orchester Zurich (M.Sanderling), NHK Symphony (Kout, Stenz, Norrington) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Rattle, Gaffigan, Nézet-Seguin).
Over the years, Veronika Eberle has benefited from the support of a number of prestigious organizations, including the Nippon Foundation, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust (Fellowship in 2008), the Orpheum Stiftung
Veronika Eberle plays the “Dragonetti” Stradivarius (1700), on generous loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Amihai Grosz (born 1979 in Jerusalem) is an Israeli violist. Since 2010, Grosz is the Principal Violist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He initially learned to play the violin at the age of 5, before switching to the viola at age 11. In Jerusalem, he was taught by David Chen, later by Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin as well as in Tel Aviv with Haim Taub, who had a formative influence on him. Between 1993 and 1999, Amihai Grosz received scholarships through the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation and was a member of the “Young Musicians Group” of the Jerusalem Music Center, a program for outstanding young musical talents. This gave him the opportunity, at a very young age, to work with renowned artists such as Isaac Stern or the Guarneri Quartet. As early as 1996, he won 1st prize in the Braun Roger Siegel Competition of the University of Jerusalem. In 2007, he received the renowned Gottesman Prize for Viola in the Aviv Competition, the most prominent competition in Israel (comparable to the ARD Competition in Germany).
For Amihai Grosz, chamber music is the foundation of his work. In 1995, together with the other section leaders from the university orchestra of the Jerusalem Music Center, he founded the Jerusalem String Quartet, one of the most interesting young quartets around today. From the very beginning, the four musicians aimed to create a distinctive sound, to find a language with its own individual character. The Jerusalem Quartet, which early on won the Borletti Buitoni Trust Award, gained its central musical stimuli in master classes taught by Isaac Stern, the LaSalle Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet and by Frank Peter Zimmermann. Every year, the Quartet awards a composition commission to an Israeli composer. The ensemble gives concerts at all major international venues – the Tonhalle Zurich, the Wigmore and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House, to name just a few. The Quartet has an exclusive contract with the label Harmonia Mundi. A number of recordings have been awarded international prizes like the BBC Music Magazine chamber award or the ECHO Classic Award 2009.
Amihai Grosz works, in solo and in chamber music projects, with artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Emmanuel Pahud, Mitsuko Uchida, Oleg Maisenberg, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin and David Geringas; he performs in concert houses and at festivals all over the world, including at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Delft Festival, Salon Festival and Verbier Festival, at the BBC Proms, in the Bahnhof Rolandseck, at the Utrecht International Chamber Music Festival, at Spectrum Concerts Berlin and at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.