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2018-2019 program proposals

  • 'Our Favourites'

    A. Scarlatti (1669-1725)  Sonata à quatro in F (concerto grosso nr.3).
    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
    String quartet no 2, op. 13 in A minor
    – Interval –
    J. Brahms (1833 – 1897)
    String quartet no. 1, op. 51 in C minor

    Some sunny Scarlatti as a warm-up for two absolute pinnacles of the quartet literature. The EnAccord String Quartet has developed a particular affinity with these pieces over the 20 years of its existence. Brahms’s 1st String Quartet was on the music stands when the quartet started off in 1998 and also when they played in the series ‘The Debut’. The EnAccord Quartet has performed the Mendelssohn op. 13 at many competitions, and it also appears on the debut CD. It’s a real party feeling for the EnAccord Quartet to encounter these ‘old friends’ again!

  • '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)
    – Interval –
    Mayke Nas (geb 1972, Dutch national composer)
                 „Withorwithout“ (2005)
    Fanny 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.

  • '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 34G
    Puccini (1858-1924) “Crisantemi” in cis
    F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) Capriccio uit opus 81
    E. Schulhoff (1894-1942) 5 stücke für Streichquartett

    This programme, which lasts just over an hour, was compiled for the CD that the EnAccord String Quartet issued 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 provide brief introductions to the pieces. We can always discuss extending this programme to full recital length.

  • ‘Southern climes'’

    J. Haydn (1732-1809)
    String Quartet in Bb, op. 76 no. 4 “Sunrise”
    J. Turina (1882-1949)
    “La oración del torero” op.34
    – Interval –
    P.I. Tsjaikovski (1840-1893)
    String Sextet in D minor, op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence”

    with Dana Zemtsov, viola, and Gideon den Herder, cello

    After a radiant sunrise with Haydn, we travel south to Spain, land of the bullfights. Originally composed by Turina for four lutes, but then arranged by the composer for string quartet, this is a Spanish work through and through, while at the same time its impressionism is also reminiscent of Ravel and Debussy, both mystical and exhilarating.

    After the interval, the EnAccord String Quartet expands into a sextet to perform the wonderful “Souvenir de Florence”. This work is close to the quartet’s heart, and the players are keen to share their love of it with the audience. For this, we perform alongside the talented young players Dana Zemtsov and Gideon den Helder.

programmavoorstellen 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.