Early Haydn

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.

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 29.01.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 28, op. 20/1
Silvia Colasanti Ogni cosa ad ogni cosa ha detto addio (world première)

Haydn is often referred to as ‘the father of the string quartet’. His six opus 20 string quartets formed the laboratory in which he tested out and developed his ideas, laying the foundation for the entire genre. The works surpass all their predecessors in their beauty, scope, expression and musical content. Quartetto di Cremona kicks off this first morning concert with the opening quartet of the series and also performs the world première of Ogni cosa ad ogni cosa ha detto addio, especially composed for our festival by Silvia Colasanti.

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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.

Quartetto-di-Cremona

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 30.01.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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  • 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.

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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.

Emerson-String-Quartet

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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  • 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.

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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.

Ruysdael Kwartet

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.

Signum-Quartet

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 02.02.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 23, op. 20/5
Sofia Gubaidulina Reflections on the theme B-A-C-H

By combining Haydn’s opus 20/5 with Reflections on the theme B-A-C-H in concert, the Quatuor Danel emphasises the Baroque elements that are still clearly present in Haydn’s work. Whereas Gubaidulina only uses the Bach motif – the four notes that form Bach’s musical signature – in order to create variations upon it in her own style, Haydn often very consciously opts for use of the Baroque style on a grand scale, such as the double fugue that forms the last movement of this quartet.

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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.

Quatuor-Danel

Early Haydn

  • 09:30
  • 03.02.2018
  • Kleine Zaal

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Chris Duindam violin
Mintje van Lier violin
Anna den Herder viola
Maartje-Maria den Herder cello

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 24, op. 20/6
Mayke Nas Withorwithout

The Cuypers Quartet has been especially formed for the String Quartet Biennale. It comprises four musicians who join forces in an experiment: it is their particular instruments rather than their shared passion for the string quartet that have brought them together. All four musicians have an instrument made by the 18th-century Dutch violin maker Cuypers. Coming from the same maker, surely these instruments will blend perfectly together in a string quartet.

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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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