Friday
31.01.

Friday 31.01.

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 3 in D op. 18/3
Konstantia Gourzi String Quartet no. 2 P-ILION, nine fragments of an eternity

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 work published as Beethoven’s third string quartet is actually the very first string quartet that he wrote. When one listens to it in this way – with the knowledge of what is yet to come – Beethoven opens his string quartet oeuvre in a surprisingly gentle and well-considered manner. The lyrical introduction seems to declare: ‘Here I am, I’m going to write string quartets, just like Haydn and Mozart’, but at the same time he is already subtly experimenting with the core issue – ‘here I am, but I’m going to do it in my own way.’

Signum Quartett-Thomas-for-gallery

Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • 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
  • 31.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal

Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett)

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. 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.

Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartettin addition to solo performances and engagements as violist with various leading orchestras, she is regularly invited to perform on both the viola and the violin, with distinguished ensembles and great soloists at international festivals and venues.

Alongside her intense concert activity, Isabel Charisius has for many years been dedicated to training new generations of musicians and is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity includes a professorship at the Musikhochschule Köln, the Musikhochschule Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious academies and institutions (including Britten Pears School / Aldeburgh, Encuentro de Musica y Academia / Santander, the Dutch String Quartet Academy / Amsterdam, Guildhall School of Music and Drama / London, the University of Arts / Berlin).

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 25

Alex Ross speaker

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

Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Andrew Norman Sabina
and movements from early works by Terry Riley

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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In the early 20th century the American West Coast was a fertile breeding ground for composers. An open-minded ‘new Vienna’, it provided a cradle for a new sort of music – spacious, repetitive and influenced by non-Western sounds. The writer and critic Alex Ross and the Calder Quartet invite us on a voyage to the West Coast, their home: ‘We will hear West Coast voices past and present, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Andrew Norman, and we will explore the surprising influence of émigré composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg on minimalism and other West Coast innovations.’

This programme will be presented in English.

Calder (C) Autumn de Wilde (2)
Alex Ross_David Michalek

Selected by / Alma Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 27

Alma Quartet
Marc Daniel van Biemen violin
Benjamin Peled violin
Jeroen Woudstra viola
Nitzan Laster cello

Johannes Brahms String Quartet no. 3 in B flat op. 67
Philip Glass Quartettsatz (Dutch première)

In the summer of 1875, Brahms was on vacation in picturesque Ziegelhausen. During this holiday he was chiefly concerned with avoiding his first symphony, as its creative process weighed heavily upon him. Instead, he wrote many glorious chamber music works, including his third string quartet. He himself spoke deprecatingly of this work, however for a string quartet tackling this work, there is nothing trivial about it. Brahms’s musical ideal makes great demands upon a string quartet; the richness of his sound palette can be perfectly realised with a quintet or sextet, however a quartet has to work very hard to match this sonority. 

Philip Glass composed Quartet Satz for the Kronos Quartet in 2017, as a contribution to its 50 For the Future project. Written in Glass’s familiar idiom, it is a small, sparkling gem, yet imbued with compelling power.

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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.

 

 

Alma Quartet – HR-9874 – © Jan Willem Groen

Pre-concert talk

  • 19:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Alex Ross speaker

Be prepared for what you are about to hear; drop by the pre-concert talk before going to the evening concert. Six experts explain the story behind the concert you are about to hear. NB Unfortunately, only the pre-concert talks on the Tuesday and Friday are in English.

After the pre-concert talk, a young quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will play a pre-programme in the entrance hall.

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On the Night Plain

  • 20:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

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

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

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

Annechien Koerselman stage direction
Ascon de Nijs set design

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Steve Reich Different Trains
Pascal Dusapin String Quartet no. 5

Valentin Silvestrov String Quartet no. 1
Henryk Górecki String Quartet no. 2, op. 64 ‘Quasi una fantasia

Morton Feldman Structures for String Quartet
Kevin Volans String Quartet no. 12

Terry Riley Cadenza on the Night Plain

The pre-concert talk will be given by Alex Ross (in English).

Concert ends at around 00:30hrs

Each festival edition features a concert on the Friday evening that breaks with all conventions: a staged, spectacularly unique event of unprecedented length that provides the string quartet with a new canvas to play with. Eight works for string quartet – each more unorthodox than the other – with Different Trains and Cadenza on the Night Plain as the programme’s two main focal points.

Embark on a four-hour journey exploring humanity and human endeavour – destruction, beauty, emotion and their natural limits. The journey takes in five substantial but highly unusual works of the string quartet canon: Fratres, Different Trains, Górecki’s second string quartet, Structures for String Quartet and Cadenza on the Night Plain.

The pre-concert talk will be given at 7.15pm by Alex Ross (in English)

Arditti Quartet
Calder b:w_Autumn de Wilde
Signum Quartet

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Coffee Talk

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Calder b:w_Autumn de Wilde

Late Beethoven

Calder Quartet Benjamin Jacobson violin Andrew Bulbrook violin Jonathan Moerschel viola Eric Byers cello Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 12, op. 127

Doric _George Garnier

Early Beethoven

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… Read more