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Renaissance Soundscape

  • 11:00
  • 28.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Mark Steinberg violin
Serena Canin violin
Misha Amory viola
Nina Lee cello

Johannes Ockeghem Ave Maria
Josquin des Prez (arr. Charles Wuorinen) Josquiniana: a selection of works by Josquin
Orlando di Lasso Carmina Chromatica
Richard Mico Fancy no. 5
Orlando di Lasso Sibylla Cimmeria
Richard Mico Fancy no. 9
Orlando di Lasso Sybilla Persica
Richard Mico Fancy no. 7
Orlando di Lasso Jubilate Deo
Carlo Gesualdo (arr. Mark Steinberg) Asciagate i beglio occhi
Carlo Gesualdo (arr. Mark Steinberg) O voi, troppo felici
Carlo Gesualdo (arr. Mark Steinberg) Tu m’uccidio crudele
Claudio Monteverdi (arr. Mark Steinberg) Lasciatemi Morire
Claudio Monteverdi (arr. Mark Steinberg) Ohime il bel viso
Claudio Monteverdi (arr. Mark Steinberg) Ditelo voi
Claudio Monteverdi (arr. Mark Steinberg) Zefiro torna

Composers such as Monteverdi, Josquin and Ockeghem are not names that one immediately associates with the string quartet. Although their music was not originally written for string quartet, the American Brentano Quartet feels strongly drawn towards the Renaissance sound world. With the string quartet as a new medium for early music, they breathe new life into these works from five centuries ago.

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The Brentano Quartet relishes performing early music. In their view this music is shown to best advantage in the form of the string quartet. Monteverdi’s heartrending music is complemented by the pure sounds of Josquin. Combined with some of Mico’s early works for string instruments – string quartet avant la lettre – this concert creates a unique soundscape.

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Grass Roots

  • 13:00
  • 28.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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  • Showcase afternoon with young talent and fringe programme
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Winner Banff International String Quartet Competition (Rolston String Quartet / US)
Winner Melbourne International String Quartet Competition (Noga Quartett / GER)
Winner Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition (Quatuor Akilone / FR)
Winner Trondheim International String Quartet Competition (Maxwell Quartet / UK)

Winner Orlando Competition Behn Quartet (NL / UK)

Leo Samama host

Who are the string quartets of the future? Grass Roots features six young string quartets surrounded by a special fringe programme. The entire afternoon is devoted to making acquaintance with young talent and with the entire string quartet genre. As the entry ticket for Grass Roots gives the possibility of entering and leaving at will, listeners can select their own afternoon programme.

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In a varied Showcase programme four young quartet winners of international competitions present themselves, alongside two up-and-coming quartets from the Netherlands. On the programme: many works by Dutch composers and the essential core repertoire of every quartet. The fringe programme includes Leo Samama. This celebrated musicologist shares his knowledge about the history of the string quartet with unequalled passion and inspiration. There is also a workshop that focuses on learning to listen to the sound of the instruments.

More details will be released about the special fringe programme in the lead-up to the festival.

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The creation of Beethoven’s late quartets

  • 17:00
  • 28.01.2018
  • Atriumzaal

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  • Muzikaal college Prof. Barry Cooper + Quatuor Danel
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Prof. Barry Cooper

Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Beethoven left behind thousands of pages of virtually illegible musical sketches. Once deciphered they give insight into the creation process of his compositions. The British professor Barry Cooper is the leading international authority in this extremely fascinating field. His many years of research shed a whole new light on the interpretation of Beethoven’s masterpieces. In this musical lecture he delves into the sketches of Beethoven’s late string quartets together with Quatuor Danel.

In this musical lecture (given in the English language) Professor Barry Cooper takes the public on a journey from first sketch to publication. Cooper teaches and carries out research at the University of Manchester, where he regularly collaborates with Quatuor Danel.

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Brentano Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 28.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Mark Steinberg violin
Serena Canin violin
Misha Amory viola
Nina Lee cello

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 49, op. 64/2
Mario Davidovsky String Quartet no. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 7, op. 59/1

One of the most celebrated American string quartets, the Brentano Quartet represents the pure-blood string quartet tradition. This quartet’s sound is not only revealed in their ensemble playing but also in their choice of programme: pure and clear. In this concert two substantial string quartets by Haydn and Beethoven frame the fourth string quartet by the iconic Argentinian-American composer Mario Davidovsky.

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Davidovsky is a favourite among American string quartets. Like the Brentano Quartet he is a much cherished name in the United States string quartet scene. He studied with the renowned composers Aaron Copland and Milton Babbitt and developed an affinity for electronic music during that period. Nevertheless most of his works are without electronics, including his fourth string quartet.

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O/Modernt String Quartet

  • 22:30
  • 28.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Hugo Ticciati violin
Daniel Rowland violin
Gareth Lubbe viola
Julian Arp cello

Johann Sebastian Bach Kunst der Fuge
Hugo Ticcitati Fugal De/Constructing (world première)
Ludwig van Beethoven Grosse Fuge op. 133

With his Kunst der Fuge Bach elevated fugal writing to an art form. Seventy-five years later Beethoven went a step further with his Grosse Fuge: with this monumental double Fuge he introduced a completely new sound idiom. In her new work the Swiss composer Manuela Kerer deconstructs Bach’s Kunst der Fuge while simultaneously slowly building up the Grosse Fuge, thus deciphering the art of writing a fugue.

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Inspired by the founding of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, the O/Modernt String Quartet was founded. The quartet is named after violinist Hugo Ticciati’s festival in Stockholm: the O/Modernt Festival. Daniel Rowland – also first violinist of the Brodsky Quartet -, the violist Gareth Lubbe and cellist Julian Arp complete the line-up. Four highly individual musicians who join forces to explore and redefine the limits of the string quartet.

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