Opening Concert String Quartet Biennale 2024

with Danish String Quartet,

20:15 / Sat 27 Jan. / Grote Zaal Muziekgebouw / € 45,00

2024    Evening Concert    Sat 27 Jan   
Danish String Quartet
Photo : Caroline Bittencourt

Danish String Quartet

Frederik Øland (violin)
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin)
Asbjørn Nørgaard (viola)
Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin (cello)

Benjamin Britten

Three Divertimenti

Thomas Adès

The Four Quarters

Franz Schubert

Strijkkwartet no. 14 ‘Der Tod und das Mädchen’

In the opening concert of the String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, the past and present will come together in a spectacular way. In Adès’ The Four Quarters, the composer’s historical awareness merges with his contemporary musical language. In Three Divertimenti Adès’ fellow Brit, Britten, references his later string quartets. And of course, Schubert’s Der Tod und das Mädchen is an immortal masterpiece.

In Der Tod und das Mädchen, Schubert uses his own song as the theme for the variations of the second movement. The entire quartet is in a minor key, with the typical Schubertian melancholy evoked by a single major turn. The Danish Quartet, four modern thirty-somethings who love vintage cars and video games, fully understand the weltschmerz of ripe Schubert. 

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