Marie Heeschen | Sopran
Cologne Guitar Quartet
Tal Botvinik | Gitarre
Henrique Almeida | Gitarre
Ptolemaios Armaos | Gitarre
Tobias Juchem | Gitarre
studio.absTime | Visuals
Michelle Bocker
Anna Balthasar

Bernhard Lang
The Cold Trip (2014–15)
für Gitarrenquartett und Sopran

Yair Klartag
The Replication Crisis (2021)
für Gitarrenquartett

Nicolas Berge
reshape my heart (2023)
für E-Gitarrenquartett, Tape und Video
Kompositionsauftrag des Cologne Guitar Quartet gefördert durch das Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Estimated end at 22:00

Supported by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen


The »Winterreise« becomes »The Cold Trip«: the Austrian Bernhard Lang transforms Franz Schubert’s self-described »cycle of blood-curdling songs« into sober English and also overwrites the original music with sounds of our times. He repeats central Schubert motifs as if using a loop machine, employing different extended guitar and singing techniques in every song. A daring mix of styles, offering fascinating insights into the mental abysses of these poems.

When experiments cannot be reproduced and the credibility of science is therefore called into question, this is called a »replication crisis«. The Israeli Yair Klartag used the term as the title of his new guitar quartet, which was also inspired by Samuel Beckett’s »Watt«. As in this novel, in the music the same actions also lead to ever-different results.

The programme of the Cologne Guitar Quartet is rounded out by a new work by the young composer Nicolas Berge from Cologne.