Part of a new generation of Spanish string quartets. The Gerhard Quartet is actively developing interesting interdisciplinary projects.
NB this programme is not included in the festival passe-partout.
Together with EYE Film Museum, the String Quartet Biennale presents two programmes in which string quartet and film connect in very diverse ways.
Saturday 25.1 – 16:00: Lyric Suite
World première of Cuarteto Gerhard’s arthouse videoclip to Alban Berg’s masterpiece Lyric Suite. The quartet will play live.
Sunday 26.1 – 13:00: Artemis – the Neverending Quartet
Official Dutch première of the new documentary celebrating 30 years of Artemis Quartett. The quartet will perform live.
Lluís Castán Cochs violin
Judit Bardolet Vilaró violin
Miquel Jordà Saún viola
Jesús Miralles Roger cello
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 16, op. 135
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.
Beethoven’s final string quartet is the odd one out. It is short, characterised by a warm tonality and reasonably classical in its form – all in all it would seem to be an easily accessible work. Then, suddenly, written in the score next to the opening notes of the final movement the historic words loom up: ‘Muss es sein? Es muss sein!’ Is this a deeply philosophical contemplation by Beethoven in his final complete work – is the work’s seemingly light-hearted nature just an illusion? – Or are the words merely a reference to an unpaid bill?
Quatuor Danel Marc Danel violin Gilles Millet violin Vlad Bogdanas viola Yovan Markovitch cello Nederlands Kamerkoor Peter Dijkstra conductor Lera Auerbach Goetia – 72 in umbra lucis (Dutch première)*