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01.02.

Saturday 01.02.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Dudok Quartet
Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 6, op. 18/6
Olivier Messiaen Oraison (arr. David Faber)

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.

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The last of the six opus 18 quartets is the most reminiscent of Haydn. Beethoven makes use of keen wit and the element of surprise rather than focusing on melody and beauty. Within the classical forms he plays with Haydnesque abrupt halts, rhythmic elegance, sudden mood transformations, and manipulation of the musical material.

Heard here in an arrangement by David Faber, the cellist of the Dudok Quartet, Oraison has an interesting history. It was originally written for six Ondes Martenots, a predecessor of the synthesizer, and later arranged by Messiaen himself for piano and cello as Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The Dudok Quartet combines these two versions; incorporating the gliding sounds of the Ondes Martenot, but using acoustic instruments, as in Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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Lecture-recital

  • 11:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

The Arditti Quartet is synonymous with new music. Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Kurtág, Ferneyhough, Andriessen, to name just a few – in the course of more than forty years, the quartet has intensively collaborated with hundreds of composers to create new string quartet repertoire.

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Just take a look at a score from the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire; clearly, a lot of music is anything but straightforward. The quartet regularly wrestles its way through scores in which music staves, bars and even notes are markedly absent. For this reason, the quartet examines the issue of notation in this lecture-recital: what does it mean and what are the implications of notation for both the player and listener? 

NB This programme will be presented in English.

Arditti Quartet

Rameau / Roukens; Rameau / Ravel

  • 14:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 30
  • World première by Dudok Kwartet
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Dudok Quartet
Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Joey Roukens What Remains (World première)
Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Maurice Ravel String Quartet

In collaboration with Musis Arnhem

The various elements of this programme are interconnected in all kinds of ways.  The world première of Joey Roukens’s newest quartet forms the programme’s nucleus. One of his favourite composers, Rameau, is also featured and Roukens has arranged his works freely for the occasion. Ravel’s string quartet acts as a riveting counterbalance to the Roukens quartet, which exploits rhythm and timbre in a completely different way.

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The Dudok Quartet is often drawn to explore music beyond the Dutch borders, but feels very much in its element in the Dutch composer Roukens’s music: ‘categorising Joey Roukens’s compositions as classical or non-classical music is irrelevant. It is simply music that fits the 21st century and as a result of this it has an extremely direct impact.’

Dudok QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Selected by / Calder Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 14, KV 387
Péter Eötvös Korrespondenz

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.

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Newly arrived on the Viennese music scene at the age of 26, Mozart began composing his fourteenth string quartet, the first of a set that he dedicated to Haydn. He had extensively studied Haydn’s quartets and was deeply impressed by his style – each instrument with its fully fledged voice, the quartet ideally balanced; every aspect well thought out and in perfect proportion.

In terms of timbre the Hungarian composer Eötvös may be Mozart’s complete opposite; however, he drew his inspiration for Korrespondenz from the letters Mozart and his father wrote to each other. The work’s intrinsic, overwhelming tension keeps the listener riveted until the very end.

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Final concert String Quartet Biennale

  • 20:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 39

Signum Quartett
Florian Donderer violin
Annette Walther violin
Xandi van Dijk viola
Thomas Schmitz cello

Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Calefax

Ivy Priaulx Rainier String Quartet (Dutch première)
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Sebastian Fagerlund Quintet for string quartet and bassoon (world première)*
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Kevin Volans New work for string quartet and wind quintet (Dutch première)

* Co-commission String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Korsholm Festival

The concluding concert of the second String Quartet Biennale promises to be an exuberant feast. A week overflowing with string quartets closes with something a little different: the Signum Quartett with Bram van Sambeek on the bassoon and Calefax. We will hear no less than three premières – two freshly written and one rediscovered – interspersed with madrigals by Gesualdo. 

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The string quartet by the South African composer Ivy Priaulx Rainier was much admired in the 1930s and it was even the very first commercial recording of the Amadeus Quartet. Sebastian Fagerlund previously wrote a bassoon concerto for Bram van Sambeek. Now he takes on the rare combination of bassoon and string quartet. Arrangements of Gesualdo’s madrigals act as the connecting link weaving together these diverse works for strings and winds, which ultimately join forces to perform Kevin Volans’s new work.

Signum-Quartet
Bram van Sambeek
Calefax 2014Photo: Marco Borggreve
01 Kevin Volans 1 – Madrid, 4-dic-2018 (Fotógrafo José Pedro Salinas) (1)
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