Late Beethoven: opus 130

with Chiaroscuro Quartet

22:30 / Thur 3 Febr / Muziekgebouw Main Hall / € 17,50

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Photo : Agnese Blaubarde

Chiaroscuro Quartet

Alina Ibragimova (viool)
Pablo Hernan Benedi (viool)
Emilie Hörnlund (altviool)
Claire Thirion (cello)


String Quartet no. 13, op. 130

“It’s like Chinese,” “a Babylonian confusion.” The reactions to the last movement of Beethoven’s opus 130, the Grosse Fuge, were not exactly mild. A whole century later it was Stravinsky who changed our collective attitude towards the piece by commenting “it is definitely modern music that will always remain modern.” It’s not surprising that, in 1826, Beethoven had to write a new ending that better suited the zeitgeist. Nowadays many quartets choose the Große Fuge for the last movement, but the Chiaroscuro Quartet, who focus on authentic performance, opt for the alternative ending.


Beethoven's late quartets are like books by Murakami or David Lynch's Twin Peaks. We can only understand them to a certain extent, but it is precisely this mystery of the unattainable, that genius hint of the superhuman, that creates an irresistible feeling of fear of missing out. An never-fading urge to fathom.