Calefax

Final concert String Quartet Biennale

  • 20:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 39

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

Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Calefax

Ivy Priaulx Rainier String Quartet (Dutch première)
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Sebastian Fagerlund Quintet for string quartet and bassoon (world première)*
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Kevin Volans New work for string quartet and wind quintet (Dutch première)

* Co-commission String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Korsholm Festival

The concluding concert of the second String Quartet Biennale promises to be an exuberant feast. A week overflowing with string quartets closes with something a little different: the Signum Quartett with Bram van Sambeek on the bassoon and Calefax. We will hear no less than three premières – two freshly written and one rediscovered – interspersed with madrigals by Gesualdo. 

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The string quartet by the South African composer Ivy Priaulx Rainier was much admired in the 1930s and it was even the very first commercial recording of the Amadeus Quartet. Sebastian Fagerlund previously wrote a bassoon concerto for Bram van Sambeek. Now he takes on the rare combination of bassoon and string quartet. Arrangements of Gesualdo’s madrigals act as the connecting link weaving together these diverse works for strings and winds, which ultimately join forces to perform Kevin Volans’s new work.

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01 Kevin Volans 1 – Madrid, 4-dic-2018 (Fotógrafo José Pedro Salinas) (1)
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Pre-concert talk

Carel den Hertog speaker Brett Dean guest