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Monday 27.01.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18/1
Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet no. 3 ‘Light scattering

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.

After countless sketches and a complete revision of almost every bar Beethoven finally completed his opus 18/1. He plays with the balance between classicist expectations and the compulsion to steer his own course. The result is a deceptively light-sounding quartet that is full of virtuosity and profound depth.

Doric _George Garnier

Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • 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.

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Members of the Jerusalem Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. In this masterclass, members of the Jerusalem Quartet will guide the young quartets through this captivating work of Beethoven.

The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Pavel Fischer speaker

Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)

The programme will include fragments and movements of Smetana’s second string quartet, Dvořák’s American Quartet, and Pavel Haas’s second string quartet.

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 lies 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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Language and music are indivisibly linked – perhaps even to the extent of being a unified whole. Without becoming academic, the founder of the Škampa Quartet and teacher Pavel Fischer delves into a major work of the string quartet canon, revealing the relationship between Czech music and the Czech language. Within this context, the Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) will perform movements and fragments of all the Czech music heard throughout this festival.

NB This programme will be presented in English.

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Selected by / Pavel Haas Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 27.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Pavel Haas Quartet
Veronika Jarůšková violin
Marek Zwiebel violin
Jiří Kabát viola
Peter Jarůšek cello

Dominique Vleeshouwers percussion

Antonín Dvořák String Quartet no. 12, op. 96 ‘American
Pavel Haas String Quartet no. 2 ‘From the Monkey Mountains

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.

Here we encounter two Czechs from two eras and two different environments. Dvořák was inspired by the melting pot of cultures in nineteenth-century America – in particular negro spirituals, which initially resulted in the work being nicknamed ‘Negro Quartet’ – while Haas was inspired by folk music from his homeland and jazz, during the lead-up to the Second World War.

Pavel Haas QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 27.01.2020
  • Entreehal

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.

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Pavel Haas Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Pavel Haas Quartet
Veronika Jarůšková violin
Marek Zwiebel violin
Jiří Kabát viola
Peter Jarůšek cello

Hélène Clément (Doric String Quartet) viola
John Myerscough (Doric String Quartet) cello

Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet no. 2, op. 68
Antonín Dvořák String Sextet, op. 48

Shostakovich’s second string quartet opens in a restless mood – with a sense of seeking and urgency. However, in the second movement he creates a feeling of repose with his Shakespearean monologues for the first violin, accompanied by reverential chords. Providing a striking contrast, Dvořák’s sextet overflows with Czech folklore. The two composers interpret the same tonality – A major – in a totally different fashion: one in a weighty and serious way, the other graceful and joyful.

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The Pavel Haas Quartet enjoys expanding the string quartet’s limits to explore other chamber music forms. Together with John Myerschough and Hélène Clément from the Doric String Quartet, they add an extra dimension to the String Quartet Biennale’s palette with Dvořák’s sextet.

The pre-concert talk will be given by Leo Samama at 7.15 pm in the Kleine zaal.

Pavel Haas QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve
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Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Juilliard String Quartet
Areta Zhulla violin
Ronald Copes violin
Roger Tapping viola
Astrid Schween cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 14, op. 131

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.

Op. 131 unfolds full of melancholy and at times an almost oppressive gravity, but gradually it emerges towards the light. The music takes occasional unprecedented twists and turns in typical Beethovian fashion. Ultimately, though, it never really reaches the light. Something keeps Beethoven anchored to the ground.

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