31.01.

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

  • Opus 20/3 performed by the Ruysdael Quartet
  • Early Haydn

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

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 26, op. 20/3
Arvo Pärt Fratres

Haydn’s opus 20/3 opens with a solemn theme however it swiftly takes a turn, assuming the frivolous and light character that is so characteristic of this group of six quartets. This morning the Ruysdael Quartet balances on the crossroads between seriousness and lightheartedness – albeit in a completely different style – through the combination with Fratres by Arvo Pärt. The contemplative void and pure beauty of Fratres comes across as a natural complement to the Haydn.

More info about Ruysdael Kwartet

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.

Ruysdael Kwartet

Extending string quartet: JÖrg Widmann

  • 13:15
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

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

Sarah Maria Sun soprano
Jörg Widmann composer

Jörg Widmann String Quartet no. 1
Jörg Widmann Choralquartett
Jörg Widmann Jagdquartett
Jörg Widmann
String Quartet no. 4
Jörg Widmann Versuch über die Fuge (‘Attempt at a Fugue’)

Jörg Widmann‘s string quartets are proof that the genre is alive and kicking. His oeuvre, which is still steadily evolving, is already considered part of the canon and is included on the repertoire list of many quartets throughout the world. Fot this reason the German Signum Quartet decided to dedicate a major programme to him, immersing themselves in his works together with the composer himself.

More info about Signum Quartett, Jörg Widmann, Sarah Maria Sun

Read more

buy tickets

Widmann’s five string quartets have a combined duration of just 65 minutes; scarcely longer than some string quartets on their own. What the composer succeeds in composing in the space of these minutes is all the more impressive. From the wild rollercoaster ride of his Jagdquartett, to the fleeting sounds of his Choralquartett; the Signum Quartet joins Jörg Widmann in analysing his immense musical spectrum.

Jörg-Widmann-Componist
Sarah-Maria-Sun
Signum-Quartet

Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Atriumzaal

Spotify

Youtube

  • Round Robin with Philip Setzer (Emerson String Quartet)
  • Masterclasses

Anton Webern 6 Bagatellen for string quartet, op. 9

In a round-robin sports tournament all opponents meet each other – which is exactly what will happen in this masterclass. Three young quartet will be divided, mixed up and rotated. Everyone will encounter each other and Philip Setzer from the Emerson String Quartet. In this unusual setting they will work together on Webern’s 6 Bagatellen, which will also be performed by the Emerson String Quartet this evening. Philip Setzer says: ‘It’s really fun and also a great learning experience for the young players and for the audience to observe – I promise!’

More info about Philip Setzer

Read more

buy tickets

So many diverse quartets performed in the space of a single week; so much knowledge and experience to share. A masterclass provides the opportunity to delve deeper into the music and imparts new knowledge to musicians and audience alike. It is also a unique experience to follow the musical process from close by. During the String Quartet Biennale the musicians take masterclasses out of their traditional setting and dedicate them to topics that they consider essential for the string quartet.

Emerson-String-Quartet

Selected by / Cuarteto Quiroga

  • 17:00
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

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

Franz Schubert String Quartet no. 14, D. 531 ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’
George Crumb Black Angels

Say the word ‘string quartet’ and Der Tod und das Mädchen inevitably springs to mind. The piece is indisputably a crowning work of the repertoire. So it’s only natural that this work was submitted for inclusion in the canon. All the more surprising that the Spanish Cuarteto Quiroga put forward Black Angels by Crumb as their second work. Although both works express the same theme of death, they could not be more divergent in terms of musical style. Crumb also includes a range of extra instruments, including maracas, crystal glasses and paper clips.

More info about Cuarteto Quiroga

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.

Cuarteto-Quiroga

Emerson String Quartet + Quartetto di Cremona + Gary Hoffman

  • 20:15
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

Emerson String Quartet:

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

Quartetto di Cremona:

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

Gary Hoffman cello

Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 3
Anton Webern 6 Bagatellen for string quartet, op. 9
Dimitri Shostakovich Two pieces for String Octet, op. 11
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C, D 956

The Emerson String Quartet has been ranked among the world’s best quartets for more than 40 years. Joined by the cellist Gary Hoffman they form the dream team for Schubert’s quintet, one of the most sublime and perfect chamber music works ever written. Sublime music comes in all shapes and sizes, as the Emersons demonstrate with Webern’s 6 Bagatellen – six short, atonal pieces with an awe-inspiring expressive power.

More info about Emerson String Quartet, Gary Hoffman, Quartetto di Cremona

Read more

buy tickets

The irregular Hungarian rhythms and the close, interweaving harmonies in Bartók’s third string quartet create a provocative opening that chafes against Webern’s atonality with the fullness of Schubert.
The Emerson String Quartet also joins forces with the Quartetto di Cremona for Two Pieces for String Octet; an energetic work by Shostakovich, then an 18-year-old composition student who was starting to find his characteristic voice – high Romantic with atonal elements and volatile rhythms.

Emerson-String-Quartet
Gary-Hoffmann
Quartetto-di-Cremona

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

Spotify

Youtube

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 16, op. 135

Beethoven’s sixteenth and final string quartet is perhaps his most striking. Having repeatedly broken new ground with his previous quartets, he now returns to the basic crux. It is as if he musically reconciles himself with the dramatic events of his life, as he himself writes in the manuscript: ‘Muss es sein? Es muss sein!’ (‘Must it be? It must be!’). In this work Beethoven achieves an absolute purity and simplicity that transcends all else.

More info about Cuarteto Quiroga

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.

Cuarteto-Quiroga