Ensemble Wien, Athens Concert Hall

A string quartet with a double bass instead of a cello? That is a combination which is both interesting from a musical point of view and “original” as, for instance, in Mozart’s divertimenti or Haydn’s early string quartets. This constellation also allows the Ensemble to fulfill its philosophy of incorporating lesser-known works by Franz Schubert, Joseph Lanner and the Strauss Dynasty into its otherwise classical programming. Accordingly, its repertoire extends beyond original compositions, including works arranged exclusively for the Ensemble Wien. The ensemble’s outstanding interpretation of the seemingly simple entertaining waltzes, polkas, German dances, country dances and minuets, clearly ranks these compositions among classical masterpieces.