Extending String Quartet
Rosa Arnold violin
Jeanita Vriens violin
Annemijn Bergkotte viola
Rebecca Wise cello
Claron McFadden vocals
Elvis Costello The Juliet Letters
Leoš Janáček String Quartet no. 2 ‘Intimate Letters‘
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 falls 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.
Janaček sent more than 700 letters to his beloved, most of which remained unanswered. At the end of his life he poured all these passionate emotions into a string quartet. The passion that had remained stifled in real life was all the more incendiary in its musical form. In Elvis Costello’s The Juliet Letters, love takes on many voices. Each song is a fictitious letter written by an unknown writer. In this way a new story unfolds in each song; a new love. The Ragazze Quartet and Claron McFadden join forces, performing these works in a theatrical setting.