Women in Music Days on RNZ Concert.

Irene Schwalb is the artistic director of the String Quartet Festival in Heidelberg.

Some have called the string quartet the summit of the composer's craft. An entire festival in Heidelberg, Germany is dedicated to the genre. Focusing on up-and-coming quartets, here are five young quartet ensembles you won't have heard from for the last time.

Programme:

HAYDN: String Quartet in B minor Op 33/1;

HAYDN: String Quartet in C Op 33/3, Bird (3, 4);

MOZART: String Quartet No 21 in D K575, Prussian;

ARRIAGA: String Quartet No 1 in D minor (2; 3; 4);

PFITZNER: String Quartet No 2 Op 36 

Cosmos Quartet, Dalia Quartet, Esmé Quartet, Aris Quartet, Dudok Quartet 

Recorded in the Old Pedagogical Academy, Heidelberg (Deutsche Welle)