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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.

Selected by / Brentano Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 29.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 19, K. 465 ‘Dissonance’
Johannes Brahms String Quartet no. 1, op. 51/1

Brahms’s first string quartet and Mozart’s fragile ‘Dissonance’ quartet form a truly electrifying combination. Whereas Brahms explores the boundaries of the string quartet by making demands of symphonic proportions with regard to volume and power, Mozart pushed the limits of tonality with his extreme use of dissonances in the first bars. The Brentano Quartet welcomes us into the canon, in this first Selected By concert.

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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.

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Selected by / Emerson String Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 30.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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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.

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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.

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Selected by / Cuarteto Quiroga

  • 17:00
  • 31.01.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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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.

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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.

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Selected by / Doric String Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 01.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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Alex Redington violin
Jonathan Stone violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 50, op. 64/3
Thomas Adès The Four Quarters

With The Four Quarters by Thomas Adès the Doric String Quartet brings the 21st-century into the canon. Adès succeeds in expressing substantial ideas with his evocative idiom without his music becoming complex or sacrificing its beauty. Haydn was also a master in this regard: his 50th string quartet has a light, even humorous feel to it, while being full of virtuosically elaborated ideas and techniques.

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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.

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Selected by / Dudok Kwartet Amsterdam

  • 17:00
  • 02.02.2018
  • BIMhuis

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Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

György Ligeti String Quartet no. 1 ‘Métamorphoses nocturnes’
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quintet no. 5, KV. 593
György Ligeti Sonata for viola

Ligeti’s first string quartet belongs, in his own words, to the ‘prehistoric Ligeti’; the period during which he had not yet begun writing his characteristic complex clouds of sound but still continued in the Hungarian tradition established by his predecessors. In fact, the composer Kurtág referred to this first string quartet as ‘Bartók’s seventh quartet.’ Mozart’s fifth string quintet – by virtue of being a quintet – is an anomaly within this string quartet canon. This unusual combination of works is complemented by Ligeti’s viola sonata, which bridges the gap between the other two pieces.

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The canon: core repertoire; turning points and crucial works of the string quartet repertoire – there is no such thing as a definitive list of works that constitute this canon. During the String Quartet Biennale various quartets will jointly start to create their own. From an individual perspective, each selects a number of diverse works, adding them to the String Quartet Biennale canon.

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Selected by / Signum Quartett

  • 17:00
  • 03.02.2018
  • Grote Zaal

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

Leoš Janáček String Quartet no. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’
Franz Schubert String Quartet no. 13, D 804 ‘Rosamunde’

Sehnsucht; longing. This subject has fired the imagination of many artists and composers, including Schubert and Janáček. In Schubert’s ’Rosamunde’ the Signum Quartet senses a universally recognisable and extremely Romantic musical portrayal of longing. This is different from the personal longing felt by Janáček, who composed his second string quartet inspired by the extremely intimate, long-term correspondence between him and his unattainable love Kamila.

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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.

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