Calder Quartet

It's the first time playing in the Netherlands for the American Calder Quartet. With their fresh ways of programming and a broad taste in repertoire, they are a String Quartet Biennale-quartet pur sang.

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

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

The string quartet can in fact be summed up in five extraordinary works: the late Beethoven quartets. These works transcend all boundaries and have retained their contemporary relevance for the past two centuries. The music is permeated by personal struggle and constantly shifts between unfathomable complexity and ethereal beauty. Using just four instrumental voices Beethoven redefined music’s universal expressive power. On six separate evenings one of these quartets will be performed at 10.30 pm.

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The first of Beethoven’s late quartets opens with strong forte chords in E flat major – the tonality that represented heroism and power to Beethoven. It would seem to be a clear statement. However, rather than continuing in this vein, Beethoven suddenly withdraws into himself – a sudden mood swing typical of his late quartets. All in all, this quartet is exceptionally mild-natured in comparison with the others.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 25

Alex Ross speaker

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Andrew Norman Sabina
and movements from early works by Terry Riley

The string quartet has been in existence for two and a half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets lies somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process.

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In the early 20th century the American West Coast was a fertile breeding ground for composers. An open-minded ‘new Vienna’, it provided a cradle for a new sort of music – spacious, repetitive and influenced by non-Western sounds. The writer and critic Alex Ross and the Calder Quartet invite us on a voyage to the West Coast, their home: ‘We will hear West Coast voices past and present, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Andrew Norman, and we will explore the surprising influence of émigré composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg on minimalism and other West Coast innovations.’

This programme will be presented in English.

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On the Night Plain

  • 20:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

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

Annechien Koerselman stage direction
Ascon de Nijs set design

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Steve Reich Different Trains
Pascal Dusapin String Quartet no. 5

Valentin Silvestrov String Quartet no. 1
Henryk Górecki String Quartet no. 2, op. 64 ‘Quasi una fantasia

Morton Feldman Structures for String Quartet
Kevin Volans String Quartet no. 12

Terry Riley Cadenza on the Night Plain

The pre-concert talk will be given by Alex Ross (in English).

Concert ends at around 00:30hrs

Each festival edition features a concert on the Friday evening that breaks with all conventions: a staged, spectacularly unique event of unprecedented length that provides the string quartet with a new canvas to play with. Eight works for string quartet – each more unorthodox than the other – with Different Trains and Cadenza on the Night Plain as the programme’s two main focal points.

Embark on a four-hour journey exploring humanity and human endeavour – destruction, beauty, emotion and their natural limits. The journey takes in five substantial but highly unusual works of the string quartet canon: Fratres, Different Trains, Górecki’s second string quartet, Structures for String Quartet and Cadenza on the Night Plain.

The pre-concert talk will be given at 7.15pm by Alex Ross (in English)

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Signum Quartet

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  • 17:00
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 14, KV 387
Péter Eötvös Korrespondenz

Each day in Selected By a quartet will present two major works of its own choice in a one-hour performance without interval. The juxtaposition of the two pieces creates a strong contrast or tension, while in some cases their musical impact is reinforced by their relationship to each other.

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Newly arrived on the Viennese music scene at the age of 26, Mozart began composing his fourteenth string quartet, the first of a set that he dedicated to Haydn. He had extensively studied Haydn’s quartets and was deeply impressed by his style – each instrument with its fully fledged voice, the quartet ideally balanced; every aspect well thought out and in perfect proportion.

In terms of timbre the Hungarian composer Eötvös may be Mozart’s complete opposite; however, he drew his inspiration for Korrespondenz from the letters Mozart and his father wrote to each other. The work’s intrinsic, overwhelming tension keeps the listener riveted until the very end.

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