The Goldmund Quartet from Munich celebrates its debut with Berlin Classics and goes straight to the top: the string quartets no. 3 and 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich. Irony, cynicism, depression, but apparently boundless joy, and intense ecstatic emotion: those are all characteristics of the music of Shostakovich. Absolute high points are confronted with deeply tragic moments.
This provides the young ensemble with a real stimulus: "The greatest challenge is that this music is so extreme. Elation, incredible downs, unbelievable sadness. You need to immerse yourself in these different emotional moods. With Shostakovich you really need to go all out."