Dudok Kwartet

Lately, the Dudok Kwartet is being discovered on the other side of the Dutch borders as well. They love playing fin-de-siècle repertoire and regularly orchestrate new repertoire for themselves.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 6, op. 18/6
Olivier Messiaen Oraison (arr. David Faber)

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.

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The last of the six opus 18 quartets is the most reminiscent of Haydn. Beethoven makes use of keen wit and the element of surprise rather than focusing on melody and beauty. Within the classical forms he plays with Haydnesque abrupt halts, rhythmic elegance, sudden mood transformations, and manipulation of the musical material.

Heard here in an arrangement by David Faber, the cellist of the Dudok Quartet, Oraison has an interesting history. It was originally written for six Ondes Martenots, a predecessor of the synthesizer, and later arranged by Messiaen himself for piano and cello as Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The Dudok Quartet combines these two versions; incorporating the gliding sounds of the Ondes Martenot, but using acoustic instruments, as in Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

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Rameau / Roukens; Rameau / Ravel

  • 14:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 30
  • World première by Dudok Kwartet
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Dudok Quartet
Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Joey Roukens What Remains (World première)
Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Maurice Ravel String Quartet

In collaboration with Musis Arnhem

The various elements of this programme are interconnected in all kinds of ways.  The world première of Joey Roukens’s newest quartet forms the programme’s nucleus. One of his favourite composers, Rameau, is also featured and Roukens has arranged his works freely for the occasion. Ravel’s string quartet acts as a riveting counterbalance to the Roukens quartet, which exploits rhythm and timbre in a completely different way.

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The Dudok Quartet is often drawn to explore music beyond the Dutch borders, but feels very much in its element in the Dutch composer Roukens’s music: ‘categorising Joey Roukens’s compositions as classical or non-classical music is irrelevant. It is simply music that fits the 21st century and as a result of this it has an extremely direct impact.’

Dudok QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

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