In the summer of 1875, Brahms was on vacation in picturesque Ziegelhausen. His greatest occupation during that vacation was to avoid his First Symphony, which weighed on his shoulders like a burden. Instead, he wrote a lot of beautiful chamber music, including his third string quartet. He himself described it as a trivial work, but for a string quartet that this work is going to play is no less true. The musical ideal of Brahms requires a lot from a string quartet; the richness of its sound can be perfectly achieved with a quintet or sextet, but a quartet must work hard to match this. As part of the 50 For the Future project, Philip Glass wrote Quartettsatz for the Kronos Quartet in 2017. A small, beautiful and yet powerful work in the recognizable language of Glass. The Alma Quartet plays two pieces by these exceptional composers.