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2020 - 2021 Program proposals

  • 'Intimate Piano Concertos'

    J. Haydn (1732 – 1809) – String Quartet Op. 20 No.5
    W.A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) – Piano Concerto No. 12 in A major; arr. for string quartet and piano

    L. van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor; arr. for string quartet and piano

    Ronald Brautigam, piano

     

     

  • 'Notes from the Silence'

    Spotlight on female composers
    Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen (1745 – 1818) – String Quartet no 2 in Bb
    Elizabeth Maconchy (1907 – 1994) – String Quartet no 3 (1938)

    Mayke Nas (geb 1972, Dutch national composer) – „Withorwithout“ (2005)
    Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn (1805 – 1847) – String Quartet in E flat

     

    “I think myself that it is a mistake to divide composers into men and women – as if the music they write is necessarily different… Can any honest and intelligent listener who does not know already tell which it is?”

    A quote from composer Elizabeth Maconchy, who wrote 13 string quartets. In this varied programme, the EnAccord String Quartet presents some of the most wonderful quartet music by female composers, covering a period from 1745 until today. Beautiful music that is sadly seldom performed. They provide an explanation for the programme in the form of biographies of the composers, inspired by the book “Sounds And Sweet Airs” by Anna Beer. The work by Mayke Nas, Dutch national composer since 2016, forms an unusually interesting addition to this programme.

  • 'Pure String Quartet'

    J. Haydn (1732 – 1809) – String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor
    M. Nas (°1972) – ‘Withorwithout’

    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847) – String Quartet Op. 44 No. 2 in E Minor

  • 'Liebesreise'

    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847) – Selection of songs for voice and string quartet

    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 – 1847) – String Quartet Op. 44 No. 2

    Lucie Chartin, soprano

  • '4+4'

    J. Haydn (1732 – 1809) – String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5

    F. Schubert – Octet D. 803 in F major

    With soloists from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Program proposals 2019-2020

  • I. "Capriccio, Gems from quartet literature"

    A. Scarlatti (1669-1725) – Sonata à quatro in F (concerto grosso nr.3)
    G. Lekeu (1870-1894) – Molto Adagio
    J. Turina (1882-1949) – “La oración del torero” opus 34
    G. Puccini (1858-1924) – “Crisantemi” in cis
    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) – Capriccio uit opus 81
    E. Schulhoff (1894-1942) – 5 stücke für Streichquartett
    (Can be expanded into a programme with an interval)

    This programme, lasting just over an hour, was put together for the CD that the EnAccord String Quartet brought out in February 2018. Our experience tells us that these short pieces – highly divergent in style and character – form a captivating and varied garden of aural delights for the audience. These ‘gems’ from the quartet literature, well known and less so, show the EnAccord String Quartet to be at home with all different kinds of music. This programme is easy to listen to and accessible to a wide-ranging audience. The members of the quartet also introduce the pieces. We can always discuss extending this programme into full recital length.

  • II. 'For King and country…'

    J. Haydn (1732-1809) Strijkkwartet in C, opus 76 nr. 3 “Kaiserquartett”
    E. Schulhoff (1894-1942) 5 Stücke für Streichquartett
    — Interval —
    L van Beethoven (1770-1827) String Quartet in E minor, op. 59 no.2 “Razumovsky”

    Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven, perhaps two of the best-loved composers of string quartets, both depended on royalty and the nobility for their commissions. These string quartets were dedicated to Count Erdödy and Count Razumovsky respectively. Erwin Schulhoff drew inspiration from jazz music and different types of dance, including Czech folk dances and the tango. ‘The first and most important impact of music must be physical pleasure, even ecstasy’, said Schulhoff. ‘Music is not a philosophy, it stems from an ecstatic condition and is expressed in rhythmic movement.’

  • III. "On Wings..."

    L. Janacek; String Quartet no. 2 “Intimate Letters”
    – Interval –
    12 Songs by F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

    The EnAccord String Quartet and Belgian soprano Hendrickje Van Kerckhove join forces to present a moving and delightful programme, “On Wings…”
    The quartet has commissioned arranger Wijnand van Klaveren to arrange a selection of 12 songs by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy for soprano and string quartet.
    This is preceded by a performance of Leos Janacek’s second string quartet, “Intimate Letters”.

    Curious…?

     

  • IV. ‘Notes from the Silence’ – Spotlight on female composers

    M.L. Lombardini Sirmen (1745 – 1818) – String Quartet no 2 in Bb
    E. Maconchy (1907 – 1994) – String Quartet no. 3 (1938)
    – Interval –
    M. Nas (geb 1972, Dutch national composer)  – „Withorwithout“ (2005)
    F. Hensel-Mendelssohn (1805 – 1847) – String Quartet in Eb

    “I think myself that it is a mistake to divide composers into men and women – as if the music they write is necessarily different… Can any honest and intelligent listener who does not know already tell which it is?”

    A quote from composer Elizabeth Maconchy, who wrote 13 string quartets. In this varied programme, the EnAccord String Quartet presents some of the most wonderful quartet music by female composers, covering a period from 1745 until today. Beautiful music that is sadly seldom performed. They provide an explanation for the programme in the form of biographies of the composers, inspired by the book “Sounds And Sweet Airs” by Anna Beer. The work by Mayke Nas, Dutch national composer since 2016, forms an unusually interesting addition to this programme.