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A History of the Quartet in Seven Concerts

27 and 28 October, 24 and 25 November, 15 and 16 December 2017, 9 and 10 February, 16 and 17 March, 11 and 12 May, 1 and 2 June 2018
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Among the different chamber-music genres, none has secured the social prestige and aesthetic consideration of the string quartet. Its true force lies in its four-part writing, the maximum the ear is able to comprehend at once. No other instrumental combination can reach the extremes of the field of sound, explore such a wide array of combinations of texture and give different functions to each instrument at the same time. Thus, the “invention” of the string quartet −which can be attributed to both Haydn and Boccherini− was a discovery of such lasting consequences that they are still palpable today.

The seven concerts in this series make up a chronological journey, from the origins of the string quartet in the 1760s until today, and present the genre’s most outstanding milestones. Each concert is preceded by a short presentation that contextualises the works in the program and provides some of the keys to listening to them.

SERIES: A History of the Quartet in Seven Concerts

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Program of the series:

  • (I) The Rise of the Quartet, 1760-1780 (27 and 28 October 2017)
    • Cuarteto Casal (Felix Froschhammer, violin; Rachel Rosina Späth, violin; Markus Fleck, viola and Andreas Fleck, cello) and Miguel Ángel Marín, presenter
    • G. B. Sammartini, G. Brunetti, L. Boccherini and F. X. Richter
  • (II) The Quartet as Conversation, 1780-1800 (24 and 25 November 2017)
    • Cuarteto Quiroga (Aitor Hevia, violin; Helena Poggio, cello; Josep Puchades, viola and Cibrán Sierra, violin)
    • F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart and I. Pleyel
  • (III) Vienna, 1800-1830 (15 and 16 December 2017)
    • Presentation: Luis Gago
    • Cuarteto Carducci (Matthew John Denton, violin; Michelle Ann Fleming, violin; Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola and Emma Jane Denton, cello) and Luis Gago, presenter and conferenciante
    • L. van Beethoven and F. Schubert
  • (IV) Beethoven’s Shadow, 1830-1870 (9 and 10 February 2018)
    • Presentation: Eva Sandoval
    • Cuarteto Van Kuijk (Nicolas van Kuijk, violin; Sylvain Favre-Bulle, violin; Emmanuel François, viola and François Robin, cello) and Eva Sandoval, presenter and conferenciante
    • F. Mendelssohn and R. Schumann
  • (V) Peripheries, 1870-1914 (16 and 17 March 2018)
    • Presentation: Fernando Delgado
    • Cuarteto Gerhard (Judit Bardolet, violin; Lluís Castán, violin; Miquel Jordá, viola and Jesús Miralles, cello) and Fernando Delgado, presenter and conferenciante
    • M. Ravel, E. Toldrà and B. Smetana
  • (VI) New Resources, 1914-1970 (11 and 12 May 2018)
    • Diotima Quartet (Yung-Peng Zhao, violin; Constance Ronzatti, violin; Franck Chevalier, viola and Pierre Morlet, cello) and Jorge Fernández Guerra, presenter
    • I. Stravinsky, A. Berg, B. Bartók and P. Boulez
  • (VII) Future Challenges, from 1970 (1 and 2 June 2018)
    • Attacca Quartet (Amy Schroeder, violin; Keiko Tokunaga, violin; Nathan Schram, viola and Andrew Yee, cello) and Germán Gan , presenter
    • T. Takemitsu, A. Pärt, O. Golijov and C. Shaw
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