Late Beethoven

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 evenings one of these quartets will be performed at 22:30.

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 25.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Jerusalem Quartet
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. 

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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.

Jerusalem Quartet zw_Felix Broede

Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

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.

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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.

Pavel Haas QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

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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Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 28.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Gerhard Quartet
Lluís Castán Cochs violin
Judit Bardolet Vilaró violin
Miquel Jordà Saún viola
Jesús Miralles Roger cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 16, op. 135

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.

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Beethoven’s final string quartet is the odd one out. It is short, characterised by a warm tonality and reasonably classical in its form – all in all it would seem to be an easily accessible work. Then, suddenly, written in the score next to the opening notes of the final movement the historic words loom up: ‘Muss es sein? Es muss sein!’ Is this a deeply philosophical contemplation by Beethoven in his final complete work – is the work’s seemingly light-hearted nature just an illusion? – Or are the words merely a reference to an unpaid bill? 

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Late Beethoven

  • 22:30
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Tereza Stanislav violin
Jonathan Moerschel viola
Eric Byers cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 12, op. 127

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.

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The first of Beethoven’s late quartets opens with strong forte chords in E flat major – the tonality that represented heroism and power to Beethoven. It would seem to be a clear statement. However, rather than continuing in this vein, Beethoven suddenly withdraws into himself – a sudden mood swing typical of his late quartets. All in all, this quartet is exceptionally mild-natured in comparison with the others.

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Alma Quartet + New Cool collective

  • 22:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 21

Alma Quartet
Marc Daniel van Biemen violin
Benjamin Peled violin
Jeroen Woudstra viola
Clément Peigné cello

New Cool Collective

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 12, op. 127

The Alma Quartet and New Cool Collective would seem to be the odd ones out in the festival programme. Armed with a carte blanche, they join forces on a quest to unearth the jazz in Beethoven. What exactly will take place on stage remains a surprise, but there is no doubt it will blow us away.

New Cool Collective (c) IAMKAT

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