Anniversary Concert: 120 Years Ernst Krenek – 250 Years Ludwig van Beethoven


The anniversary year offers a worthy occasion to celebrate the memories of the two composers Ernst Krenek and Ludwig van Beethoven with a juxtaposition of two unconventional works.

Considered difficult and inaccessible by his contemporaries, Beethoven’s late string quartets turned out to be trendsetting for the future of music. Beethoven’s Fourteenth String Quartet, op. 131, was repeatedly an inspiration and stimulus for Krenek, and “one of the most incomprehensible works of the human mind, from out of the impenetrable solitude of that genius.”

Ernst Krenek composed his Seventh String Quartet, op. 96, in 1944 at the height of his twelve-tone period and dedicated it to his American students “in deep gratitude for the stimulating esprit.” As a reviewer remarked, Krenek created with his work a music that “can not only be captured individually, but rather can be heard with greatest clarity and felt emotionally.”

Ernst Krenek
String Quartet no. 7, op. 96

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

Minguet Quartet
Ulrich Isfort, violin
Annette Reisinger, violin
Tony Nys, viola
Matthias Diener, violoncello

The Minguet Quartet, founded in 1988, today numbers among the internationally most sought-after string quartets and performs in all the major concert halls throughout the world. The quartet is named after Pablo Minguet, an eighteenth-century Spanish philosopher, who in his writings endeavored to provide the common people access to the fine arts.

The Minguet Quartet concentrates equally on the classical-romantic repertoire and on modern music, and dedicates itself with numerous world premieres to the compositions of the twenty-first century. Encounters with important composers of our time have inspired the four musicians to ever new program ideas. In 2010 the Minguet Quartet was awarded the ECHO Klassik prize, and in 2015 the renowned French Diapason d’Or.

Date and time
Thursday, 5 November at 7:30 p.m. to ca. 9:00 p.m. (Entry starting at 6:45 pm)

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
Minoritenplatz 4
3500 Krems-Stein


Welcoming speeches
Regional Minister Christiane Teschl-Hofmeister representing Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner

Mayor Dr. Reinhard Resch

Introduction to the concert
Clemens Zoidl
Scholary and artistic head of the Ernst Krenek Institute Private Foundation

Ernst Krenek
String Quartet no. 7, op. 96

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet no. 14, op. 131


Free admission!

Reserve your seat via e-mail at or by telephone at +43- 2732-71570-13 (limited number of participants and only registered guests!)


Despite Covid-19, your concert visit should be as pleasant and safe as possible. The event takes place in compliance with all currently applicable safety measures prescribed by the federal government.

Seat reservation and contact follow-up
Please reserve your seat by email via or by phone via +43 - 2732 - 71570 - 13. The number of participants is limited and only registered guests can take part in the concert. The seats are assigned and marked and may not be swapped. The required minimum distance of 1 meter is kept.

When you reserve your seat, we ask you to provide your name, telephone number and / or email address. In the event of a suspected Covid-19 case, we can quickly ensure an officially ordered contact follow-up. Your data will be kept for 1 month and then destroyed.

The access control is contactless.

Wear masks
To visit our concert, it is compulsory to bring a face mask with you. The mask must be worn from entering until leaving the building. Mouth and nose protection is mandatory until you reach or leave your seat. It is recommended to wear your mouth and nose protection during the concert.

Keep distance
Please keep a distance of at least 1 meter from people who do not live in your household. Avoid gatherings and keep enough distance to enter rooms even while waiting.

Please use our disinfectant dispensers and wash your hands regularly.

Respiratory hygiene
Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief.

In case of illness
We ask you to refrain from attending a concert if you have symptoms of illness.

Program booklets
Programs booklets are available on your reserved seat to avoid personal contact.

Also note the announcements on the evening of the event.

We ask for your help in the implementation of all protective measures and thank you in advance for your understanding should changes be necessary in the program at short notice.

Your team from the Ernst Krenek Institute

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 15:20
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