Musik & Theater

Christian Altenburger, Foto: Moritz Schell

CANCELLED: Magnificent serenades for strings
Altenburger, Latzko and students from the mdw play Elgar, Schubert and Dvorák

Due to the impact of coronavirus and pandemic control measures, we regret that this production has had to be cancelled. Please get in touch with our Box Office team ( / 01 347 80 80). We appreciate your understanding!


Béla Bartók’s “Divertimento for Strings” was a high point in the 2019/20 season of “Christian Altenburger in the MuTh”. No conductor was envisaged when this work was written; it was conceived from the outset as a piece for large chamber ensemble. For the 2020/21 season, Christian Altenburger has again included two works for string ensemble in his programme. Edward Elgar’s “Serenade for Strings” has a pastoral quality, whereas Antonín Dvorák’s Opus 22 is full of warmth and intimacy. Both were written for the same orchestration.

The sonata which Franz Schubert wrote for the long-forgotten arpeggione (a kind of six-stringed cello, fretted like a guitar) is performed nowadays in a whole host of variations, and is another well-known piece. The version of the sonata which features in this programme is arranged for cello and string ensemble.

Edward Elgar: Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor, D. 821, arranged for cello and strings
Antonín Dvorák: Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22

Tickets: Band A €39/ B €35/ C €29; box seats €49; MuTh Student Club, children and young people: A €20 / B €15 / C €9

  • Violin: Christian Altenburger
  • Cello: Reinhard Latzko
  • Instrumentalist: Selected students from the mdw