Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello
Alfred Schnittke String Quartet no. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 23, KV 590
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 6
2019 marks the Artemis Quartett’s thirtieth year on the stage. They have gone through turbulent times, each time reinventing themselves afresh to take their place at the forefront of their field – a true testimony to the characteristic resilience and complexity of a string quartet. They will celebrate their anniversary in the Netherlands during the String Quartet Biennale, with the opening concert as high point: a striking programme featuring three substantial works.
Gregor Sigl is the quartet’s violist: ‘It is a groundbreaking challenge for us and definitely a high point; performing the final string quartet of two of the most significant composers of this genre in a single concert. The contrast could not be starker: Mozart’s final quartet radiates a boundless joie de vivre, while Bartok’s sixth string quartet expresses deep mourning.’
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.
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.