The last Joachim Quartet concert in Berlin
Postponed in March due to Joachim’s illness, the last Joachim Quartet concert of the season will take place tonight in the Singakademie. Emanuel Wirth will be rejoining the group on viola for the first time this season after multiple eye operations. I wonder how many realize it is the last time? The series began 38 years ago. Joachim is 75 years old; Halir is 48, Wirth is 64, and Hausmann is 54. The program is, as always, made up of three quartets. These are Haydn, Quartet in E-flat, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet in d minor, and Beethoven, Op. 59 no. 2 in e minor.
The French and German versions of the Berlioz work, La Damnation de Faust and Fausts Verdammung, will run concurrently tonight at the Königliche and the Komische Oper!
The review of last night’s premiere of Boito’s Méphistophélès in the Berliner Börsen Zeitung predictably fusses over the libretto’s adaptation of Goethe, and objects to Boito being called the Italian Wagner; the critic finds not a trace of Wagner in this opera.
In other theaters: Don Juan is at the Neue Königliche; Der Barbier von Sevilla at the Lortzing Theater; Lustige Witwe at the Theater des Wesens, Wiener Blut at the Central, and Mamselle Nitouche at the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Theater.