The Salut Salon Quartet know better than any other chamber music ensemble how to seduce their audience with passionate virtuosity, instrumental acrobatics, charm and a great sense of fun.
They combine whatever can possibly be combined with their beloved classical music: tango, chansons, folk and film soundtrack – with virtuoso solos, cabaret-style show with artistic sketches, all with effortless flair and disarming self-irony.
Salut Salon perform far beyond what concert-goer would expect of a conventional chamber music concert, take aficionados of this genre by surprise and those who would otherwise never go to a classical concert, too.
A video clip of the violinists Angelika Bachmann and Iris Siegfried, the cellist Sonja Lena Schmid and the pianist Anne-Monika von Twardowski engaged in competitive instrumental acrobatics during a medley of Vivaldi, Mozart and Weill has drawn over 20 million clicks on YouTube.
The musicians’ technical chops are unassailable. All four moved freely between classical showpieces like Saint-Saëns’s “Fossils” or Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” and arrangements like their own clever mash-up of the “Jaws” theme with Weill’s “ Mack the Knife.”
They show breathtaking versatility in their ability to sing, to switch over to instruments like the xylophone, accordion or musical saw as needed, and to bow strings to comic effect.
The four women’s self-deprecating humor and vivacious performance style is hard to resist, and the bow-to-bow combat of their Vivaldi contest is a masterpiece of classical comedy.
Watch the very entertaining video: