Late Beethoven

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.

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 27.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 12, op. 127

It is no coincidence that this series of Late Beethoven concerts kicks off with opus 127. With the grand opening of the maestoso and the emotional adagio, this fantastic and captivating quartet sets the tone in an imposing fashion. From the very first notes the work confirms the unique standing of Beethoven’s late string quartets. Renowned for its championing of adventurous works the Belgian Quatuor Danel is the ideal ensemble to perform this energetic work.

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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 exposes his innermost depths but also those of the listener and the musicians. On five evenings of the String Quartet Biennale five top quartets conclude the festival day with one of these masterworks.

Quatuor-Danel

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
Manuela Kerer 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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Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 29.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

‘After this, what is there left for us to write?’ Schubert is supposed to have said after hearing Beethoven’s opus 131. Renowned for their intense ensemble playing, the Dutch Ruysdael Quartet performs this challenging and transcendental work in the second Late Beethoven concert. The 40-minute quartet consists of seven, seamlessly connected movements and was far ahead of its time. Perhaps for this reason Beethoven himself considered it as his favourite.

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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.

Ruysdael-Kwartet

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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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.

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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.

Signum-Quartet

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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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.

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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.

Cuarteto-Quiroga

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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