Jerusalem Quartet

Swirling and energetic. The Jerusalem Quartet manages to present the string quartet repertoire with a certain traditional decency, while making it feel new.

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 25.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Beethoven’s fifteenth and penultimate quartet ascends from the shadows towards the light. Movements characterised by struggle make way in the middle of the work for music of pure beauty that elevates the listener into divine realms – a breathtaking quarter of an hour one wishes would never come to an end. The heavenly music is followed by an extremely abrupt change of mood. This capriciousness, along with a deep sense of unrequited longing for something that has departed forever, ensures that one never tires of hearing these works. 

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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.

Jerusalem Quartet zw_Felix Broede

Jerusalem Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov cello

Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartett) viola

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 61, op. 76/2 ‘Fifths
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 4
Johannes Brahms String Quintet no. 2, op. 111

Haydn and Bartók are both unique and inimitable in their own way. Haydn’s ‘Fifths’ Quartet may seem straightforward enough, yet appearances can be deceptive – as is almost always the case with Haydn. In contrast, Bartók’s fourth string quartet seems complex and unfathomable, but as the work unfolds its intrinsic beauty becomes apparent and its expressive idiom more accessible. 

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In its four-part simplicity the string quartet can be an intimate chamber ensemble but it is also capable of producing full orchestral power. Brahms demonstrates that by adding an extra viola it is even possible to far surpass an orchestra in terms of power. His second string quintet was intended to be his final work. It reveals him at the height of his powers: every bar is convincing, every last structural detail is perfect; this ravishing music explodes with incandescent energy. Gregor Sigl from the Artemis Quartett teams up with his colleagues.

A pre-concert talk will be given by Sabine Lichtenstein at 7.15 pm in the Kleine zaal.

Jerusalem 2 (C) Felix Broede
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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Members of the Jerusalem Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. In this masterclass, members of the Jerusalem Quartet will guide the young quartets through this captivating work of Beethoven.

The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

Jerusalem Quartet grass_Felix Broede

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