30.01.

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 30.01.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

  • Op. 20/2 performed by the Emerson String Quartet
  • Early Haydn

Eugene Drucker violin
Philip Setzer violin
Lawrence Dutton viola
Paul Watkins cello

Henry Purcell Chaconne in G minor
Henry Purcell Fantasias
Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 25, op. 20/2

In opting for Purcell’s Fantasias and Chaconne, the Emersons go beyond the origins of the string quartet. in this music of Purcell one can hear the basic principles of the genre, which only reached full bloom a century later in Haydn’s string quartets.

More info about Emerson String Quartet

Read more

buy tickets

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.

Emerson-String-Quartet

Extending string quartet: Voice

  • 14:15
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

Rosa Arnold violin
Jeanita Vriens violin
Annemijn Bergkotte viola
Rebecca Wise cello

Katharine Dain soprano
Marine Fribourg mezzo-soprano

Peter Sculthorpe Island Dreaming
Caroline Shaw By & By
Osvaldo Golijov How Slow the Wind
Osvaldo Golijov Lua Desclorida
Mayke Nas In & Out
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 2

It has been said that of all musical instruments string instruments most closely resemble the human voice. The Ragazze Quartet puts this claim to the test and teams up with members of the Damask Ensemble during three editions of the String Quartet Biennale to investigate the common ground and differences between the string quartet and human voice. During each edition a new area will be singled out and placed under the spotlight.

In 2018 the Ragazze Quartet will begin with an uncultivated primal sound, performing works by Sculthorpe, Golijov, Shaw, Bartók and Nas together with the soprano Katharine Dain and mezzo-soprano Marine Fribourg.

More info about Ragazze Kwartet, Damask Ensemble

Ragazze Quartet
Marine Fribourg
Katharine Dain

Selected by / Emerson String Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

Eugene Drucker violin
Philip Setzer violin
Lawrence Dutton viola
Paul Watkins cello

Charles Ives String Quartet no. 1 ‘From the Salvation Army’
Samuel Barber String Quartet, op. 11 – II Molto adagio
Robert Schumann String Quartet no. 3, op. 41/3

Performing music by Samuel Barber and Charles Ives the Emerson String Quartet presents two of the best loved works of the American string quartet repertoire. These works are still permeated with European Romanticism, of which Robert Schumann was one of the central exponents half a century earlier. In this context three diverse composers are unified in an unexpected way.

More info about Emerson String Quartet

Read more

buy tickets

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.

Emerson-String-Quartet

Quartetto di Cremona + Gary Hoffman + Lawrence Dutton

  • 20:15
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

Cristiano Gualco violin
Paolo Andreoli violin
Simone Gramaglia viola
Giovanni Scaglione cello

Lawrence Dutton viola (Emerson String Quartet)
Gary Hoffman cello

Franz Schubert String Quartet no. 15, D. 887
Arnold Schönberg Verklärte Nacht

Franz Schubert’s fifteenth and final string quartet crowns his magisterial oeuvre, while at the same time revealing the greatness that still lay concealed within the composer. He wrote the work at the age of 29, just two years before his death. Alternating between hope and sorrow, minor and major, the work winds its way along the highest peaks and through the deepest valleys.

More info about Quartetto di Cremona, Gary Hoffman, Lawrence Dutton

Read more

buy tickets

Arnold Schönberg’s Romantic sextet ‘Verklärte Nacht’ plumbs the extreme limits of sorrow, despair and love. Based on Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name, the work unfolds around a passionate dialogue with a dramatic confession between two lovers in the night. Two quintessential masterworks united in a single concert.

Quartetto-di-Cremona
Gary-Hoffmann
Lawrence-Dutton

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Compared with its predecessors Beethoven’s fifteenth quartet seems to mark time with regard to scope and style – yet, from the very first note his intention to compose a quartet in grand style is evident and he achieves an unprecedented lucidity and transparency. The German Signum Quartet perform this work with the clarity and vitality for which they are known.

More info about Signum Quartett

Read more

buy tickets

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.

Signum-Quartet