Quatuor Danel

Famous for their way of presenting entire string quartet cycles of Beethoven, Shostakovich and Weinberg. The quartet was also the instigator of the huge 'the Impossible Voyage' in the first String Quartet Biennale.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 29.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 2, op. 18/2
Mieczysław Weinberg Improvisation & Romance

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.

The first notes of this quartet evoke images of Viennese courts and palaces; gracious bows and nods in golden ballrooms; the young Beethoven eager to claim his place in the tradition of his predecessors. It is an elegant and invigorating quartet, cast in a traditional form.

Quatuor Danel has a special link to the Weinberg piece they have chosen to perform alongside Beethoven’s work: in 2018 they gave the world première of the work, which was written in 1950.

Quator DanelPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Selected by / Quatuor Danel

  • 17:00
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Guillaume Lekeu Molto adagio, sempre cantante doloroso
César Franck String Quartet

Each day in Selected By a quartet will present two major works of its own choice in a one-hour performance without interval. The juxtaposition of the two pieces creates a strong contrast or tension, while in some cases their musical impact is reinforced by their relationship to each other.

This Belgian programme features two rarely performed works, one conceived on a grand scale and the other of more modest dimensions. ‘Molto adagio, sempre cantante doloroso’ – extremely slowly, always singing with great sorrow. The title chosen by the 17-year-old Lekeu speaks volumes. At the top of the score he also wrote ‘my soul is sorrowful, to the point of death.’ Lekeu’s death at the tender age of 24 restricted his string quartet oeuvre to just four short works, of which this is the most emotionally developed.

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Lekeu studied with Franck, a late-blooming composer who wrote only one string quartet, inspired by the late Beethoven quartets. It is a majestic Romantic work more than three quarters of an hour in duration. Written just seven months before his death, it marked his first great success as a composer.

Quator DanelPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Quatuor Danel + Nederlands Kamerkoor

  • 20:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra conductor

Lera Auerbach Gothia (Dutch première)*

*Co-commission Muziekgebouw and String Quartet Biënnale Amsterdam

Lera Auerbach fled from Russia to the United States at a young age. She made her career as pianist and composer, writes poetry and is also a visual artist. In 2016 the Nederlands Kamerkoor gave the world première of 72 Angels, a monumental work for choir and saxophone quartet. The String Quartet Biennale now presents the Dutch première of Gothia – a sequel to 72 Angels, this time composed for choir and string quartet.

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Lera Auerbach’s work is a colourful world full of extreme contrasts and sharp antitheses in which everything is based on fantasy and the power of imagination: ‘I dream and transform the dream into sounds. I translate the sounds into symbols that allow the dream to be relived.’

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Quator DanelPhoto: Marco Borggreve
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