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Double Bass Quartets by Rossini and Hoffmeister

  • 11:00
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Minna Pensola (Meta4 Quartet) violin
Antti Tikkanen (Meta4 Quartet) violin / viola
Tuomas Lehto cello
Niek de Groot double bass

Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 2
Franz Anton Hoffmeister Solo Quartet no. 2
Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 3
Franz Anton Hoffmeister Solo Quartet no. 4: III. ‘Andante’
Gioachino Rossini Sonata a quattro no. 6: III. ‘Tempesta’

The string quartet now has an established form; however, composers have certainly experimented with other instrumental combinations. Both Rossini and Hoffmeister included the double bass in their quartets. Rossini opted for two violins, cello and double bass; Hoffmeister for violin, viola, cello and double bass.

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Rossini’s sonatas radiate the same pure delight that permeates the quartets of Mozart and Haydn. These works of great clarity and beauty leave us with a sense of regret that Rossini did not compose any ‘real’ string quartet repertoire. Certainly, he exploited the added weight of the double bass in an ingenious and elegant way.

Hoffmeister gives the double bass a completely different role in his solo quartets. Rather than just accompanying, here the bass plays a fully fledged melodic line with virtuosic passages.

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Grass Roots

  • 13:00
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25
  • Showcase & portrait next generation string quartets
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Goldmund Quartet / DE (Winner Melbourne String Quartet Competition 2018)
Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 (TBA)
Dostojevski Kwartet / NL
Animato Kwartet / NL

Alasdair Tait presenter

The program of this event will be published later in the season. Each ensemble will perform a work from their core repertoire and a Dutch work.

This Sunday afternoon is devoted to young talent, featuring four young quartets all at different stages of their careers. Two of them have just won an international competition, while two are still studying at Dutch conservatories. This is a showcase event with a personal flavour: who are these young quartets and why do they play quartet? Each ensemble will perform a work from their core repertoire and a Dutch work.

Alasdair Tait, former cellist of the Belcea Quartet, sits on many jury panels and is also director of YCAT – an organisation devoted to the development of young classical talent. He has in-depth insight into the challenges facing young string quartets and reveals their world to you in the course of this afternoon.

NB This programme will be presented in English.

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Rameau / Roukens; Rameau / Ravel

  • 14:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 30
  • World première by Dudok Kwartet
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Dudok Quartet
Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Joey Roukens What Remains (World première)
Jean-Philippe Rameau Pièces de Clavecin (arr. Joey Roukens)
Maurice Ravel String Quartet

In collaboration with Musis Arnhem

The various elements of this programme are interconnected in all kinds of ways.  The world première of Joey Roukens’s newest quartet forms the programme’s nucleus. One of his favourite composers, Rameau, is also featured and Roukens has arranged his works freely for the occasion. Ravel’s string quartet acts as a riveting counterbalance to the Roukens quartet, which exploits rhythm and timbre in a completely different way.

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The Dudok Quartet is often drawn to explore music beyond the Dutch borders, but feels very much in its element in the Dutch composer Roukens’s music: ‘categorising Joey Roukens’s compositions as classical or non-classical music is irrelevant. It is simply music that fits the 21st century and as a result of this it has an extremely direct impact.’

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