Doric String Quartet

Stylish Brits with a love for Bartók and – what else – British composers. Widely renowned interpreters of all kinds of repertoire, ranging from Haydn to Brett Dean.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18/1
Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet no. 3 ‘Light scattering

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

After countless sketches and a complete revision of almost every bar Beethoven finally completed his opus 18/1. He plays with the balance between classicist expectations and the compulsion to steer his own course. The result is a deceptively light-sounding quartet that is full of virtuosity and profound depth.

Doric _George Garnier

Doric String Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • € 37

Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Brett Dean viola

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 37, op. 33/1
Brett Dean String Quartet no. 3 (Dutch première)*
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quintet, op. 29 ‘Storm’

*Co-commission String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam in collaboration with Musica Viva Australia, Berlin Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Brett Dean is a truly versatile musician. Formerly a violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, these days he is highly active as a chamber musician, conductor, soloist and composer. The Doric String Quartet has a long history of collaboration with Dean. It will perform the Dutch première of his new string quartet and subsequently join forces with him in Beethoven’s ‘Storm’ quintet.

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2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. The String Quartet Biennale pays tribute to him with the Early Beethovens in the morning, the Late Beethovens in the evening and, to top it all off, his string quintet op. 29 – a no less imposing work than his string quartets. 

The pre-concert introduction will be given (in Dutch) by Carel den Hartog at 7.30 pm in the Kleine zaal.

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