Opening Concert String Quartet Biennale 2020

  • 20:15
  • 25.01.2020
  • Grote Zaal
  • € 37

Artemis Quartett
Vineta Sareika violin
Suyoen Kim violin
Gregor Sigl viola
Harriet Krijgh cello

Alfred Schnittke String Quartet no. 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet no. 23, KV 590
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 6

2019 marks the Artemis Quartett’s thirtieth year on the stage. They have gone through turbulent times, each time reinventing themselves afresh to take their place at the forefront of their field – a true testimony to the characteristic resilience and complexity of a string quartet. They will celebrate their anniversary in the Netherlands during the String Quartet Biennale, with the opening concert as high point: a striking programme featuring three substantial works. 

 

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Gregor Sigl is the quartet’s violist: ‘It is a groundbreaking challenge for us and definitely a high point; performing the final string quartet of two of the most significant composers of this genre in a single concert. The contrast could not be starker: Mozart’s final quartet radiates a boundless joie de vivre, while Bartok’s sixth string quartet expresses deep mourning.’

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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.

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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
  • Specials

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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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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Inleiding avondconcert

  • 19:15
  • 26.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Sabine Liechtenstein spreker

Ga goed voorbereid de zaal in en verdiep je voorafgaand aan het avondconcert in wat je zult gaan horen: zes verschillende experts nemen je mee in het programma van het concert van die avond.

Aansluitend op de inleiding spelen kwartetten van het Conservatorium van Amsterdam een voorprogramma in de entreehal.

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 26.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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Jerusalem Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 26.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Jerusalem Quartet
Alexander Pavlovsky violin
Sergei Bresler violin
Ori Kam viola
Kyril Zlotnikov cello

Gregor Sigl (Artemis Quartett) viola

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 61, op. 76/2 ‘Fifths
Béla Bartók String Quartet no. 4
Johannes Brahms String Quintet no. 2, op. 111

Haydn and Bartók are both unique and inimitable in their own way. Haydn’s ‘Fifths’ Quartet may seem straightforward enough, yet appearances can be deceptive – as is almost always the case with Haydn. In contrast, Bartók’s fourth string quartet seems complex and unfathomable, but as the work unfolds its intrinsic beauty becomes apparent and its expressive idiom more accessible. 

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In its four-part simplicity the string quartet can be an intimate chamber ensemble but it is also capable of producing full orchestral power. Brahms demonstrates that by adding an extra viola it is even possible to far surpass an orchestra in terms of power. His second string quintet was intended to be his final work. It reveals him at the height of his powers: every bar is convincing, every last structural detail is perfect; this ravishing music explodes with incandescent energy. Gregor Sigl from the Artemis Quartett teams up with his colleagues.

A pre-concert talk will be given by Sabine Lichtenstein at 7.15 pm in the Kleine zaal.

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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

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 1, op. 18/1
Andrea Tarrodi String Quartet no. 3 ‘Light scattering

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

After countless sketches and a complete revision of almost every bar Beethoven finally completed his opus 18/1. He plays with the balance between classicist expectations and the compulsion to steer his own course. The result is a deceptively light-sounding quartet that is full of virtuosity and profound depth.

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 27.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Members of the Jerusalem Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 15, op. 132

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. In this masterclass, members of the Jerusalem Quartet will guide the young quartets through this captivating work of Beethoven.

The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Pavel Fischer speaker

Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)

The programme will include fragments and movements of Smetana’s second string quartet, Dvořák’s American Quartet, and Pavel Haas’s second string quartet.

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 lies 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.

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Language and music are indivisibly linked – perhaps even to the extent of being a unified whole. Without becoming academic, the founder of the Škampa Quartet and teacher Pavel Fischer delves into a major work of the string quartet canon, revealing the relationship between Czech music and the Czech language. Within this context, the Adam Quartet (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) will perform movements and fragments of all the Czech music heard throughout this festival.

NB This programme will be presented in English.

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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.

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Inleiding avondconcert

  • 19:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Leo Samama spreker

Ga goed voorbereid de zaal in en verdiep je voorafgaand aan het avondconcert in wat je zult gaan horen: zes verschillende experts nemen je mee in het programma van het concert van die avond.

Aansluitend op de inleiding spelen kwartetten van het Conservatorium van Amsterdam een voorprogramma in de entreehal.

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 27.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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Pavel Haas Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 27.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Pavel Haas Quartet
Veronika Jarůšková violin
Marek Zwiebel violin
Jiří Kabát viola
Peter Jarůšek cello

Hélène Clément (Doric String Quartet) viola
John Myerscough (Doric String Quartet) cello

Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartet no. 2, op. 68
Antonín Dvořák String Sextet, op. 48

Shostakovich’s second string quartet opens in a restless mood – with a sense of seeking and urgency. However, in the second movement he creates a feeling of repose with his Shakespearean monologues for the first violin, accompanied by reverential chords. Providing a striking contrast, Dvořák’s sextet overflows with Czech folklore. The two composers interpret the same tonality – A major – in a totally different fashion: one in a weighty and serious way, the other graceful and joyful.

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The Pavel Haas Quartet enjoys expanding the string quartet’s limits to explore other chamber music forms. Together with John Myerschough and Hélène Clément from the Doric String Quartet, they add an extra dimension to the String Quartet Biennale’s palette with Dvořák’s sextet.

The pre-concert talk will be given by Leo Samama at 7.15 pm in the Kleine zaal.

Pavel Haas QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve
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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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Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 28.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Ruysdael Quartet
Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 4, op. 18/4
Toru Takemitsu Landscape I

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

It is the only quartet of the opus 18 series to be written in a minor key, but even more striking is its totally extrovert, almost theatrical nature. Haydn and Mozart, and even Beethoven himself in earlier works, claimed this tonality to express their Sturm und Drang feelings. With its four quick movements and restless themes, this quartet fits perfectly into this tradition.

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

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Artist Talk

  • 11:30
  • 28.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Brett Dean composer

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach. 

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The Australian violist/composer/conductor Brett Dean has a relatively small string quartet oeuvre; however, he has made his mark on the international string quartet scene. Prior to the première of his latest string quartet this evening, he takes a detailed look at his earlier works, in collaboration with a string quartet from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.

This talk will be given in English.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ragazze 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. 

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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.

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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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Pre-concert talk

  • 19:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Carel den Hertog speaker
Brett Dean guest

Be prepared for what you are about to hear; drop by the pre-concert talk before going to the evening concert. Six experts explain the story behind the concert you are about to hear. NB Unfortunately, only the pre-concert talks on the Tuesday and Friday are in English.

After the pre-concert talk, a young quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will play a pre-programme in the entrance hall.

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 28.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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Doric String Quartet

  • 20:15
  • 28.01.2020
  • € 37

Doric String Quartet
Alex Redington violin
Ying Xue violin
Hélène Clément viola
John Myerscough cello

Brett Dean viola

Joseph Haydn String Quartet no. 37, op. 33/1
Brett Dean String Quartet no. 3 ‘Hidden Agendas’ (Dutch première)*
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quintet, op. 29 ‘Storm’

*Co-commission String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam in collaboration with Musica Viva Australia, Berlin Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Brett Dean is a truly versatile musician. Formerly a violist with the Berliner Philharmoniker, these days he is highly active as a chamber musician, conductor, soloist and composer. The Doric String Quartet has a long history of collaboration with Dean. It will perform the Dutch première of his new string quartet and subsequently join forces with him in Beethoven’s ‘Storm’ quintet.

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2020 marks Beethoven’s 250th anniversary. The String Quartet Biennale pays tribute to him with the Early Beethovens in the morning, the Late Beethovens in the evening and, to top it all off, his string quintet op. 29 – a no less imposing work than his string quartets. 

The pre-concert introduction will be given (in Dutch) by Carel den Hartog at 7.30 pm in the Kleine zaal.

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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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Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 29.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 2, op. 18/2
Mieczysław Weinberg Improvisation & Romance

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

The first notes of this quartet evoke images of Viennese courts and palaces; gracious bows and nods in golden ballrooms; the young Beethoven eager to claim his place in the tradition of his predecessors. It is an elegant and invigorating quartet, cast in a traditional form.

Quatuor Danel has a special link to the Weinberg piece they have chosen to perform alongside Beethoven’s work: in 2018 they gave the world première of the work, which was written in 1950.

Quator DanelPhoto: Marco Borggreve

Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

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The Anatomy of String Quartet

  • 11:30
  • 29.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

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

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

In ‘The Anatomy of String Quartet’ the Signum Quartett will reveal some relevant aspects of their characteristic and personal working process.

This presentation will be given in English.

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Signum pratend

Extending string quartet

  • 14:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

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

Serhan Bali speaker

Works by Fazıl Say, Ulvi Cemal Erkin, Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Hasan Uçarsu

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 Quartet 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. 

The string quartet enjoys great prominence in Turkey, on the border between East and West – one could say it has attained cult status. The Borusan Quartet is the embodiment of this success. Huge concert halls are regularly sold out for their performances, which draw young and old alike. What lies behind the great popularity of the string quartet in Turkey? 

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In the 19th century there was an exchange between the musical cultures of Europe and the Ottoman court – Mozart’s Rondo alla Turca is a prime example. However, it was only in the 1920s that the first Western style conservatories were established in Turkey. The composers who studied there on the border of East and West united the two traditions. The results varied from western instrumental combinations in the Turkish traditional style, to Turkish music in a completely westernised style. The string quartet is alive and well in Turkey – now the Borusan Quartet and the presenter, writer and musicologist Serhan Bali bring the Turkish string quartet to life in the Netherlands.

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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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Inleiding avondconcert

  • 19:15
  • 29.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Michel Khalifa spreker

Ga goed voorbereid de zaal in en verdiep je voorafgaand aan het avondconcert in wat je zult gaan horen: zes verschillende experts nemen je mee in het programma van het concert van die avond.

Aansluitend op de inleiding spelen kwartetten van het Conservatorium van Amsterdam een voorprogramma in de entreehal.

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 29.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 29.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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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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Late Beethoven

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

Calder Quartet
Benjamin Jacobson violin
Andrew Bulbrook 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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Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 5, op. 18/5
Burhan Öçal Eski Istanbul

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

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Beethoven modelled his string quartet on Mozart’s KV 464, which Mozart in turn had dedicated to Haydn. This quartet is thus rooted in the Viennese tradition. The Borusan Quartet performs Eski Istanbul as encore – a popular Turkish song – arranged for string quartet in an almost nostalgic, high Romantic style.

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

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

Henri Dutilleux Ainsi la nuit

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

Dutilleux wrote Ainsi la nuit for the Juilliard String Quartet; however, the work was quickly embraced by many other quartets. It is a modern classic, for which the members of the Juilliard String Quartet – in the meantime a completely new combination of players – are the ideal guides.

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Extending String Quartet

  • 13:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 25

Ruysdael Quartet
Joris van Rijn violin
Emi Ohi Resnick violin
Gijs Kramers viola
Jeroen den Herder cello

Tim McLoraine video projection

Terry Riley Salome Dances for Peace

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. 

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Taking three times longer to perform than Beethoven’s longest quartet, Terry Riley’s magnum opus is monumental in the most literal sense. His music is rooted in a variety of styles that are totally atypical for the genre. Riley succeeds in coalescing the styles into a new sound idiom that incorporates jazz, Berber music, blues and traditional Indian music, among other elements. The two-hour voyage is made even more spectacular by the additional images created by the video artist Tim McLoraine.

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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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Inleiding avondconcert

  • 19:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Thea Derks spreker

Ga goed voorbereid de zaal in en verdiep je voorafgaand aan het avondconcert in wat je zult gaan horen: zes verschillende experts nemen je mee in het programma van het concert van die avond.

Aansluitend op de inleiding spelen kwartetten van het Conservatorium van Amsterdam een voorprogramma in de entreehal.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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Pre-programme

  • 19:45
  • 30.01.2020
  • Entreehal

Almost every night, a young upcoming string quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam plays an exciting fifteen-minute pre-programme on the stage in the entrance hall. A perfect warm up for your ears, before going into the evening concert.

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Quatuor Danel + Nederlands Kamerkoor

  • 20:15
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Quatuor Danel
Marc Danel violin
Gilles Millet violin
Vlad Bogdanas viola
Yovan Markovitch cello

Nederlands Kamerkoor
Peter Dijkstra conductor

Lera Auerbach Gothia (Dutch première)*

*Co-commission Muziekgebouw and String Quartet Biënnale Amsterdam

Lera Auerbach fled from Russia to the United States at a young age. She made her career as pianist and composer, writes poetry and is also a visual artist. In 2016 the Nederlands Kamerkoor gave the world première of 72 Angels, a monumental work for choir and saxophone quartet. The String Quartet Biennale now presents the Dutch première of Gothia – a sequel to 72 Angels, this time composed for choir and string quartet.

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Lera Auerbach’s work is a colourful world full of extreme contrasts and sharp antitheses in which everything is based on fantasy and the power of imagination: ‘I dream and transform the dream into sounds. I translate the sounds into symbols that allow the dream to be relived.’

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Late Beethoven / Carte blanche

  • 22:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Grote zaal

Alma Quartet
Marc Daniel van Biemen violin
Benjamin Peled violin
Jeroen Woudstra viola
Nitzan Laster cello

Benjamin Herman saxophone

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

The Alma Quartet and jazz saxophonist Benjamin Herman would seem to be the odd ones out in the festival programme as a whole. Armed with a carte blanche for Benjamin, they join forces on a quest to unearth the jazz in Beethoven. What exactly will take place on stage remains a surprise – will it be the Alma Quartet + Benjamin Herman solo or will he bring along the entire New Cool Collective?

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Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 30.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

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

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 3 in D op. 18/3
Konstantia Gourzi String Quartet no. 2 P-ILION, nine fragments of an eternity

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

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The work published as Beethoven’s third string quartet is actually the very first string quartet that he wrote. When one listens to it in this way – with the knowledge of what is yet to come – Beethoven opens his string quartet oeuvre in a surprisingly gentle and well-considered manner. The lyrical introduction seems to declare: ‘Here I am, I’m going to write string quartets, just like Haydn and Mozart’, but at the same time he is already subtly experimenting with the core issue – ‘here I am, but I’m going to do it in my own way.’

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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Masterclass

  • 11:30
  • 31.01.2020
  • Atriumzaal
  • € 15

Isabel Charisius (Alban Berg Quartett)

Almost every morning during the String Quartet Biennale, various events will shed light on diverse aspects of the quartet. The Coffee Talk, which focuses on personal views on the quartet, will be followed by a masterclass, lecture or talk involving a more in-depth approach.

Isabel Charisius is one of the finest violists and chamber musicians of her generation. As a member of the legendary Alban Berg Quartettin addition to solo performances and engagements as violist with various leading orchestras, she is regularly invited to perform on both the viola and the violin, with distinguished ensembles and great soloists at international festivals and venues.

Alongside her intense concert activity, Isabel Charisius has for many years been dedicated to training new generations of musicians and is an internationally recognised teacher of viola and chamber music. Her prolific teaching activity includes a professorship at the Musikhochschule Köln, the Musikhochschule Lucerne as well as a wide range of masterclasses at some of the most prestigious academies and institutions (including Britten Pears School / Aldeburgh, Encuentro de Musica y Academia / Santander, the Dutch String Quartet Academy / Amsterdam, Guildhall School of Music and Drama / London, the University of Arts / Berlin).

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Extending String Quartet

  • 14:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • BIMhuis
  • € 25

Alex Ross speaker

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

Igor Stravinsky 3 Pieces for String Quartet
John Cage String Quartet in Four Parts
Anton Webern 5 Pieces for String Quartet
Andrew Norman Sabina
and movements from early works by Terry Riley

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 lies 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.

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In the early 20th century the American West Coast was a fertile breeding ground for composers. An open-minded ‘new Vienna’, it provided a cradle for a new sort of music – spacious, repetitive and influenced by non-Western sounds. The writer and critic Alex Ross and the Calder Quartet invite us on a voyage to the West Coast, their home: ‘We will hear West Coast voices past and present, including John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, and Andrew Norman, and we will explore the surprising influence of émigré composers like Stravinsky and Schoenberg on minimalism and other West Coast innovations.’

This programme will be presented in English.

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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.

 

 

Alma Quartet – HR-9874 – © Jan Willem Groen

Pre-concert talk

  • 19:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Kleine zaal

Alex Ross speaker

Be prepared for what you are about to hear; drop by the pre-concert talk before going to the evening concert. Six experts explain the story behind the concert you are about to hear. NB Unfortunately, only the pre-concert talks on the Tuesday and Friday are in English.

After the pre-concert talk, a young quartet of the Conservatory of Amsterdam will play a pre-programme in the entrance hall.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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On the Night Plain

  • 20:15
  • 31.01.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 37

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

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

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

Annechien Koerselman stage direction
Ascon de Nijs set design

Arvo Pärt Fratres
Steve Reich Different Trains
Pascal Dusapin String Quartet no. 5

Valentin Silvestrov String Quartet no. 1
Henryk Górecki String Quartet no. 2, op. 64 ‘Quasi una fantasia

Morton Feldman Structures for String Quartet
Kevin Volans String Quartet no. 12

Terry Riley Cadenza on the Night Plain

The pre-concert talk will be given by Alex Ross (in English).

Concert ends at around 00:30hrs

Each festival edition features a concert on the Friday evening that breaks with all conventions: a staged, spectacularly unique event of unprecedented length that provides the string quartet with a new canvas to play with. Eight works for string quartet – each more unorthodox than the other – with Different Trains and Cadenza on the Night Plain as the programme’s two main focal points.

Embark on a four-hour journey exploring humanity and human endeavour – destruction, beauty, emotion and their natural limits. The journey takes in five substantial but highly unusual works of the string quartet canon: Fratres, Different Trains, Górecki’s second string quartet, Structures for String Quartet and Cadenza on the Night Plain.

The pre-concert talk will be given at 7.15pm by Alex Ross (in English)

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Signum Quartet

Early Beethoven

  • 09:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Kleine zaal
  • € 18,50

Dudok Quartet
Judith van Driel violin
Marleen Wester violin
Marie-Louise de Jong viola
David Faber cello

Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no. 6, op. 18/6
Olivier Messiaen Oraison (arr. David Faber)

In a subtle reference to Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, six festival days kick off with an Early Beethoven, in place of the previous festival’s Early Haydn series. Characterised by clarity, tension, humour and elegance, these quartets do not reflect the mature Beethoven’s complex and contrary character; instead, they reveal a young, ambitious Beethoven, embarking on the creation of an unparalleled quartet oeuvre.

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The last of the six opus 18 quartets is the most reminiscent of Haydn. Beethoven makes use of keen wit and the element of surprise rather than focusing on melody and beauty. Within the classical forms he plays with Haydnesque abrupt halts, rhythmic elegance, sudden mood transformations, and manipulation of the musical material.

Heard here in an arrangement by David Faber, the cellist of the Dudok Quartet, Oraison has an interesting history. It was originally written for six Ondes Martenots, a predecessor of the synthesizer, and later arranged by Messiaen himself for piano and cello as Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus from Quatuor pour la fin du temps. The Dudok Quartet combines these two versions; incorporating the gliding sounds of the Ondes Martenot, but using acoustic instruments, as in Quatuor pour la fin du temps.

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Coffee Talk

  • 10:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Foyerdeck 1

Lex Bohlmeijer moderator

Take a cup of coffee and sit down together with Lex Bohlmeijer and his guests. The focus is on the string quartet – up close and personal. Personal anecdotes and insights into the string quartet open up a unique view of the complex world concealed behind the stage.

Lex Bohlmeijer hosts two programmes on Radio 4: “Passaggio” (weekdays at 7 p.m.) and the talk show “Diskotabel”. He also works in theatre as a dramaturgist and writer. He is active as a host of concerts, conferences and debates. Every Saturday, he publishes an interview with an inspiring special guest in De Correspondent online daily.

The theme and guests of each Coffee Talk will be announced in the run-up to the festival.

Tags: Talk / Elaboration

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Lecture-recital

  • 11:30
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 18,50

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti violin
Ashot Sarkissjan violin
Ralf Ehlers viola
Lucas Fels cello

The Arditti Quartet is synonymous with new music. Stockhausen, Lachenmann, Kurtág, Ferneyhough, Andriessen, to name just a few – in the course of more than forty years, the quartet has intensively collaborated with hundreds of composers to create new string quartet repertoire.

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Just take a look at a score from the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire; clearly, a lot of music is anything but straightforward. The quartet regularly wrestles its way through scores in which music staves, bars and even notes are markedly absent. For this reason, the quartet examines the issue of notation in this lecture-recital: what does it mean and what are the implications of notation for both the player and listener? 

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
  • Specials

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.’

Dudok QuartetPhoto: Marco Borggreve

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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Final concert String Quartet Biennale

  • 20:15
  • 01.02.2020
  • Grote zaal
  • € 39

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

Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Calefax

Ivy Priaulx Rainier String Quartet (Dutch première)
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Sebastian Fagerlund Quintet for string quartet and bassoon (world première)*
Carlo Gesualdo Madrigals from Books IV and V
Kevin Volans New work for string quartet and wind quintet (Dutch première)

* Co-commission String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Korsholm Festival

The concluding concert of the second String Quartet Biennale promises to be an exuberant feast. A week overflowing with string quartets closes with something a little different: the Signum Quartett with Bram van Sambeek on the bassoon and Calefax. We will hear no less than three premières – two freshly written and one rediscovered – interspersed with madrigals by Gesualdo. 

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The string quartet by the South African composer Ivy Priaulx Rainier was much admired in the 1930s and it was even the very first commercial recording of the Amadeus Quartet. Sebastian Fagerlund previously wrote a bassoon concerto for Bram van Sambeek. Now he takes on the rare combination of bassoon and string quartet. Arrangements of Gesualdo’s madrigals act as the connecting link weaving together these diverse works for strings and winds, which ultimately join forces to perform Kevin Volans’s new work.

Signum-Quartet
Bram van Sambeek
Calefax 2014Photo: Marco Borggreve
01 Kevin Volans 1 – Madrid, 4-dic-2018 (Fotógrafo José Pedro Salinas) (1)
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