Juilliard String Quartet

The Juilliard String Quartet. For over seventy years they have been a household name in several different formations. They are connected to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Juilliard String Quartet
Areta Zhulla violin
Ronald Copes violin
Roger Tapping viola
Astrid Schween cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

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.

Op. 131 unfolds full of melancholy and at times an almost oppressive gravity, but gradually it emerges towards the light. The music takes occasional unprecedented twists and turns in typical Beethovian fashion. Ultimately, though, it never really reaches the light. Something keeps Beethoven anchored to the ground.

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Juilliard String Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal

Juilliard String Quartet
Areta Zhulla violin
Ronald Copes violin
Roger Tapping viola
Astrid Schween cello

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la Nuit
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 17, KV 458 ‘Hunt’
Johannes Brahms String Quartet no. 2, op. 51/2

Dutilleux composed just one string quartet – for the Juilliard String Quartet, almost half a century ago. It was quite rare for a 20th-century string quartet to become a canonic work of the repertoire as quickly as Ainsi la nuit did. However it comes as no surprise: the work unfolds elegantly in an idiom that links Debussy, Ravel, Bartók and Stravinsky to the 21st century. 

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Brahms is frei aber einsam in his op. 51/2. He incorporated this theme prominently in the opening, using the notes F-A-E and returns to it throughout the work, with a sombre melancholy and surges of restlessness. In contrast, Mozart’s ‘Hunt’ quartet has a deeply rooted happiness at its core, as opposed to joyfulness. He cast this overwhelmingly pure emotion in a pastoral form.

The pre-concert talk will be given by Michel Khalifa at 7.30 pm in the Kleine zaal.

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Juilliard String Quartet
Areta Zhulla violin
Ronald Copes violin
Roger Tapping viola
Astrid Schween cello

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. 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.

Dutilleux wrote Ainsi la nuit for the Juilliard String Quartet; however, the work was quickly embraced by many other quartets. It is a modern classic, for which the members of the Juilliard String Quartet – in the meantime a completely new combination of players – are the ideal guides.

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Late Beethoven

Gerhard Quartet 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

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