Ruysdael Kwartet

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 28.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Ruysdael Quartet
Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 4, op. 18/4
Toru Takemitsu Landscape I

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.

It is the only quartet of the opus 18 series to be written in a minor key, but even more striking is its totally extrovert, almost theatrical nature. Haydn and Mozart, and even Beethoven himself in earlier works, claimed this tonality to express their Sturm und Drang feelings. With its four quick movements and restless themes, this quartet fits perfectly into this tradition.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 13:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ruysdael Quartet
Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Tim McLoraine video projection

Terry Riley Salome Dances for Peace

The string quartet has been in existence for two-and-a-half centuries so far. All these years the genre has been in contact with other cultures, languages, art forms and styles. Extending String Quartets falls somewhere between a concert, lecture-recital and crossover; it creates and rediscovers these connections. From American West Coast composers to encounters between East and West; from pop music to video art – all the boundaries are explored, expanded and blurred in the process. 

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Taking three times longer to perform than Beethoven’s longest quartet, Terry Riley’s magnum opus is monumental in the most literal sense. His music is rooted in a variety of styles that are totally atypical for the genre. Riley succeeds in coalescing the styles into a new sound idiom that incorporates jazz, Berber music, blues and traditional Indian music, among other elements. The two-hour voyage is made even more spectacular by the additional images created by the video artist Tim McLoraine.

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