|The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam‘s 2018-19 season is marked by the spirit and music of Beethoven.
In 1825, a year in which the Netherlands was struck by a hurricane and Hokusai created his woodcut The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Beethoven shook the musical world with his String Quartet opus 130. In his 2009 biography of the composer, Jan Caeyers described the work as a “monster story in six episodes”.
The weight of the composition is borne by the two fast and extremely complex outer movements. In between, Beethoven composed four more easily digestible movements. Beethoven himself thought of the emotionally charged fifth movement, the Cavatina, as his crowning achievement, claiming that even the thought of it brought tears to his eyes.
But then: the Grosse Fuge! A gigantic fugue lasting more than fifteen minutes. Stravinsky proclaimed it “an absolutely contemporary piece that will be contemporary forever.” According to Stravinsky, this was a music that would continually take on new relevance and meaning over time. The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam plunged headlong into this unsurpassed masterpiece, working on it for more than a year. Four separate programs link the piece to twentieth and twenty-first century compositions that share its spirit. In addition, older music which laid the foundation for Beethoven is included.
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