Juilliard String Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal

Juilliard String Quartet
Areta Zhulla violin
Ronald Copes violin
Roger Tapping viola
Astrid Schween cello

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la Nuit
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 17, KV 458 ‘Hunt’
Johannes Brahms String Quartet no. 2, op. 51/2

Dutilleux composed just one string quartet – for the Juilliard String Quartet, almost half a century ago. It was quite rare for a 20th-century string quartet to become a canonic work of the repertoire as quickly as Ainsi la nuit did. However it comes as no surprise: the work unfolds elegantly in an idiom that links Debussy, Ravel, Bartók and Stravinsky to the 21st century. 

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Brahms is frei aber einsam in his op. 51/2. He incorporated this theme prominently in the opening, using the notes F-A-E and returns to it throughout the work, with a sombre melancholy and surges of restlessness. In contrast, Mozart’s ‘Hunt’ quartet has a deeply rooted happiness at its core, as opposed to joyfulness. He cast this overwhelmingly pure emotion in a pastoral form.

The pre-concert talk will be given by Michel Khalifa at 7.30 pm in the Kleine zaal.

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