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Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 01.02.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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Florian Donderer violin
Annette Walther violin
Xandi van Dijk viola
Thomas Schmitz cello

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 27, op. 20/4
Mokale Koapeng Komeng (Dutch première)

The music of the composer Mokale Koapeng is deeply connected with the musical identity of his homeland. In Komeng traditional South African sounds and rhythms coalesce with the minimalism of Glass. In the slow movement of his 27th string quartet Haydn looks to the past, present and future and unites heaven and earth in a culmination of Baroque, Classicism and Romanticism.

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What better way to open the festival day than with a Haydn quartet? The graceful elegance and clarity of the six Opus 20 string quartets, also known as the ‘Sun’ quartets, almost mask the ingenuity of this delightful music. During the String Quartet Biennale six different quartet ensembles open each festival day with a Haydn opus 20 and a surprising musical diversion.

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First rehearsal

  • 11:30
  • 01.02.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

In First Rehearsal the Doric String Quartet exposes one of the least visible and most personal aspects of being a string quartet: the first rehearsal. A new piece awaits on the stands; perhaps the notes are not even fully mastered yet – so, what happens when they rehearse a piece for the very first time?

Where do they begin? Who leads the rehearsal? In First Rehearsal the Doric String Quartet reveals how they structure the starting point of a long and intensive working process.

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Extending string quartet: Louis Andriessen

  • 14:15
  • 01.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Louis Andriessen Miserere
Luciano Berio Glosse for string quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Louis Andriessen Facing Death

Works by J.S. Bach 

The Ruysdael Quartet meets Louis Andriessen in a programme with his work at its heart. This afternoon they jointly describe the context of his string quartets, in word and music. Among other pieces the Ruysdael Quartet also plays music by John Cage, a tip from Andriessen himself: ‘John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts is a work that I highly regard – from the period that he still composed notes extremely well. What a superb piece.’

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Selected by / Doric String Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 01.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 50, op. 64/3
Thomas Adès The Four Quarters

With The Four Quarters by Thomas Adès the Doric String Quartet brings the 21st-century into the canon. Adès succeeds in expressing substantial ideas with his evocative idiom without his music becoming complex or sacrificing its beauty. Haydn was also a master in this regard: his 50th string quartet has a light, even humorous feel to it, while being full of virtuosically elaborated ideas and techniques.

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There is no such thing as a definitive list of essential, outstanding, monumental or pioneering works that constitute the canon of the string quartet. During the String Quartet Biennale various quartets will start to create one. From an individual perspective, each selects a number of diverse works, adding them to the String Quartet Biennale canon under the title Selected By.

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Cuarteto Quiroga + Cappella Amsterdam

  • 20:15
  • 01.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Aitor Hevia violin
Cibrán Sierra Vázquez violin
Josep Puchades viola
Helena Poggio cello

Katharine Dain soprano

Cappella Amsterdam
Lodewijk van der Ree, conductor

José Maria Sánchez-Verdú La porte de l’enfer (world première)
Pierre de la Rue Lamentations
Arnold Schönberg String Quartet no. 2

In this concert Cuarteto Quiroga and Cappella Amsterdam are suspended between the heaven of Schönberg and the hell of José Maria Sánchez-Verdú. The Spanish composer drew his inspiration for La porte de l’enfer – specially composed for this concert – from Auguste Rodin’s eponymous, colossal sculpture and poetry from the Second World War. The result is an imposing work for large choir and string quartet, a rare combination.

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Schönberg’s second string quartet is one of the most significant works in the history of music. With this work Schönberg cast aside tonality – the musical language used for composing up until that point – and introduced a new language: atonality. The difference can clearly be heard in his second string quartet. The first three movements are still tonally composed; they have a specific key, which feels like firm ground under one’s feet. In the fourth movement the solid base of tonality suddenly vanishes. It is as if the music glides weightlessly through space, with a serene tranquillity. This also explains the first words of the soprano, who only sings in the third and fourth movements: ‘Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten‘ – ‘I feel the air from other planets.’

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Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 01.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 13, op. 130
Ludwig van Beethoven Grosse Fuge, op. 133

The cavatina – the sixth movement of Beethoven’s thirteenth string quartet – is considered by many to be the most sublime piece of string quartet music ever written. The finale that he wrote for this work was not even considered as music at the time. Beethoven had produced something so abhorrent in his day that the publisher advised him to compose a new finale before the work could be published. Later this original movement was published after all, although as a separate work: opus 133, the Grosse Fuge. Today it is universally considered to be a masterwork; perhaps even Beethoven’s greatest musical achievement.

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Following the evening concert take a plunge into the deepest waters of the string quartet. The intense experience of listening to Beethoven’s late string quartets calls for the intimate setting of the darkest hours of the day. In these works Beethoven not only lays bare his innermost depths but also those of the listeners and the musicians. On five evenings of the String Quartet Biennale five top quartets conclude the festival day with one of these masterworks.

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