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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.

Selected by / Artemis Quartett

  • 17:00
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Artemis Quartett
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.

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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

Selected by / Borusan Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 28.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

Borusan Quartet
Esen Kıvrak violin
Özgür Baskın violin
Efdal Altun viola
Çağ Erçağ cello

Pēteris Vasks String Quartet no. 4
Giuseppe Verdi String Quartet

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.

Verdi is above all renowned for his operas, but not everyone is familiar with his small chamber music oeuvre; a single string quartet. And even though it is now considered as a unique canonic work, he himself spoke deprecatingly of it: ‘I composed it simply as a way to pass the time […] I attach no importance to the work and I do not wish to have it published or distributed in any way at the moment.’

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The contrast with Vasks could scarcely be greater. His fourth string quartet is a personal monument, dedicated to his mother on the occasion of her 90th birthday. He reflects upon her life and the past century that she has lived through: ‘I saw an angel flying over the world; the angel looks at the world’s condition with grieving eyes, but an almost imperceptible, loving touch of the angel’s wings brings comfort and healing.

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Selected by / Quatuor Danel

  • 17:00
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

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

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.

This Belgian programme features two rarely performed works, one conceived on a grand scale and the other of more modest dimensions. ‘Molto adagio, sempre cantante doloroso’ – extremely slowly, always singing with great sorrow. The title chosen by the 17-year-old Lekeu speaks volumes. At the top of the score he also wrote ‘my soul is sorrowful, to the point of death.’ Lekeu’s death at the tender age of 24 restricted his string quartet oeuvre to just four short works, of which this is the most emotionally developed.

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Lekeu studied with Franck, a late-blooming composer who wrote only one string quartet, inspired by the late Beethoven quartets. It is a majestic Romantic work more than three quarters of an hour in duration. Written just seven months before his death, it marked his first great success as a composer.

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Selected by / Signum Quartett

  • 17:00
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

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

Franz Schubert String Quartet no. 8, D.112
Thomas Adès Arcadiana

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.

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Arcadiana by Thomas Adès is a modern classic. For this contemporary idyll Adès drew inspiration from Schubert, Mozart and French Baroque paintings.

The Signum Quartett deliberately opted for an early Schubert: ‘Schubert’s early quartets are played relatively infrequently, perhaps because his idiom is not yet so ‘perfect’ as in his late quartets. However, this quartet, written when Schubert was 17, contains all the desire, grief and sotto voce cheerfulness that typically lies at the heart of his later works.’

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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.

 

 

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Selected by / Calder Quartet

  • 17:00
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 27

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

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 14, KV 387
Péter Eötvös Korrespondenz

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.

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Newly arrived on the Viennese music scene at the age of 26, Mozart began composing his fourteenth string quartet, the first of a set that he dedicated to Haydn. He had extensively studied Haydn’s quartets and was deeply impressed by his style – each instrument with its fully fledged voice, the quartet ideally balanced; every aspect well thought out and in perfect proportion.

In terms of timbre the Hungarian composer Eötvös may be Mozart’s complete opposite; however, he drew his inspiration for Korrespondenz from the letters Mozart and his father wrote to each other. The work’s intrinsic, overwhelming tension keeps the listener riveted until the very end.

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