PORTRAIT / Doric String Quartet
Donderdag 1.2 / 11:30
Selected by / Doric String Quartet
Haydn & Adès
Donderdag 1.2 / 17:00
Late Beethoven / op. 130 + 133
Donderdag 1.2 / 22:30
The Impossible Voyage
Vrijdag 2.2 / 19:00
My name is John Myerscough and together with Alex Redington, Jonathan Stone and Hélène Clément, we form the Doric String Quartet. What makes us unique as a quartet is that we actually like each other. We play in an atmosphere of huge respect and affection. That makes us quite egoless, as players. Our approach to music is heavily focused on the score, and is harmony based. The equilibrium of voices – the essence of the string quartet – is really important to us.
The string quartet, as a genre, has the greatest body of repertoire of any of the genres. It’s the pinnacle of music, the best there is. Some of the best composers wrote their best music for string quartet. It’s the most intense way to get to a composer’s soul. As a group, we have a constant goal of playing the pieces we play more and better. But you have to make choices. In a way, any concert without a late Beethoven quartet seems almost like a missed opportunity. But then there’s such a vast body of wonderful repertoire to choose from.
We’ve known Yasmin Hilberdink for years and when she first spoke about the String Quartet Biennale it immediately felt as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the string quartet in all its diversity. Also, quartets tend to spend a lot of time by themselves. It’s not lonely, but it is isolatory. Coming together is important. There’s this paradoxical situation, that although the string quartet repertoire offers the best that music has to offer, the music industry doesn’t treat it with the same regards as some of the orchestras, soloists or singers. We’re really looking forward to being part of a world that revolves around string quartets for an entire week.
We are especially looking forward to playing the Impossible Voyage. It will be the first time we play all the Britten quartets in one concert. It’s nice to be ambassadors for his music. And playing it in a different setting, with the audience surrounding us, allows for more contact between us and the listeners. We like to involve the audience, to that in such an immersive way is even more exciting.
Rather than planning ahead, I’m looking forward to just immersing myself in the festival. Being in the atmosphere of the festival, meeting other players and being surrounded by quartets we know, will be very exciting. No longer we will be like ships in the night, passing each other without actually meeting.
Een festival helemaal gewijd aan het strijkkwartet? En dan nog tweejaarlijks? Vanwaar de noodzaak? Wat is er zo bijzonder aan het strijkkwartet dat het zoveel aandacht verdient? Is het niet… Lees Meer