Minna Pensola (Meta4 Quartet) violin
Antti Tikkanen (Meta4 Quartet) violin / viola
Tuomas Lehto cello
Niek de Groot double bass
Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 2
Franz Anton Hoffmeister Solo Quartet no. 2
Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 3
Franz Anton Hoffmeister Solo Quartet no. 4: III. ‘Andante’
Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 6: III. ‘Tempesta’
The string quartet now has an established form; however, composers have certainly experimented with other instrumental combinations. Both Rossini and Hoffmeister included the double bass in their quartets. Rossini opted for two violins, cello and double bass; Hoffmeister for violin, viola, cello and double bass.
Rossini’s sonatas radiate the same pure delight that permeates the quartets of Mozart and Haydn. These works of great clarity and beauty leave us with a sense of regret that Rossini did not compose any ‘real’ string quartet repertoire. Certainly, he exploited the added weight of the double bass in an ingenious and elegant way.
Hoffmeister gives the double bass a completely different role in his solo quartets. Rather than just accompanying, here the bass plays a fully fledged melodic line with virtuosic passages.
Goldmund Quartet / DE (Winner Melbourne String Quartet Competition 2018)
Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (TBA)
Dostojevski Kwartet / NL
Animato Kwartet / NL
Alasdair Tait presenter
The program of this event will be published later in the season. Each ensemble will perform a work from their core repertoire and a Dutch work.
This Sunday afternoon is devoted to young talent, featuring four young quartets all at different stages of their careers. Two of them have just won an international competition, while two are still studying at Dutch conservatories. This is a showcase event with a personal flavour: who are these young quartets and why do they play quartet? Each ensemble will perform a work from their core repertoire and a Dutch work.
Alasdair Tait, former cellist of the Belcea Quartet, sits on many jury panels and is also director of YCAT – an organisation devoted to the development of young classical talent. He has in-depth insight into the challenges facing young string quartets and reveals their world to you in the course of this afternoon.
NB This programme will be presented in English.
Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky String Quartet no. 2
Bedřich Smetana String Quartet no. 1 ‘Aus meinem Leben’
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.
Selected By kicks off with two highly charged string quartets. Tchaikovsky himself had no qualms about his second string quartet: ‘I regard it as my best work; no other piece has poured forth from me so simply and easily.’ Smetana’s first string quartet was also close to his own heart: a musical autobiography in which he reminisces on episodes from his entire life.
Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov cello
Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartett) viola
Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 61, op. 76/2 ‘Fifths’
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 4
Johannes Brahms String Quintet no. 2, op. 111
Haydn and Bartók are both unique and inimitable in their own way. Haydn’s ‘Fifths’ Quartet may seem straightforward enough, yet appearances can be deceptive – as is almost always the case with Haydn. In contrast, Bartók’s fourth string quartet seems complex and unfathomable, but as the work unfolds its intrinsic beauty becomes apparent and its expressive idiom more accessible.
In its four-part simplicity the string quartet can be an intimate chamber ensemble but it is also capable of producing full orchestral power. Brahms demonstrates that by adding an extra viola it is even possible to far surpass an orchestra in terms of power. His second string quintet was intended to be his final work. It reveals him at the height of his powers: every bar is convincing, every last structural detail is perfect; this ravishing music explodes with incandescent energy. Gregor Sigl from the Artemis Quartett teams up with his colleagues.
A pre-concert talk will be given by Sabine Lichtenstein at 7.15 pm in the Kleine zaal.
Pavel Haas Quartet
Veronika Jarůšková violin
Marek Zwiebel violin
Jiří Kabát viola
Peter Jarůšek cello
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 13, op. 130 + Grosse Fuge, op. 133
Beethoven’s 13th string quartet is often considered to be the most accessible of his late quartets. With its heavenly cavatina – the penultimate movement – and the Grosse Fuge as its shocking conclusion, it is a quartet of extremes. In particular these two movements have always retained their timeless relevance. Stravinsky called the Grosse Fuge ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.’ In the search for extraterrestrial life, Carl Sagan sent the cavatina into space on a golden phonograph record, representing the most extraordinary human accomplishments.
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.
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