marts, 2013

23mar20:00The Tokyo String Quartet20:00


All the great composers have written music for four string instruments, a small musical entity – yet with enormous expressive possibilities.

If anyone does, Haydn manages to turn the instruments’ sonorous register to good account. In his string quartet no. 66, energy just builds and builds. The minuet sparkles, and the last movement has a charming theme of the kind that stays with you.

Modern masters have also seized the string quartet and made magic off the ensemble. In his quartet, Webern makes obeisance to the old masters Bach and Beethoven, yet in spite of the references it is an atonal piece on the premisses of modern music.

With Schubert it becomes as royal as can be, accentuated, dotted rhythms and a solemnizing alternation between major and minor recurs in the beginning and towards the end of the piece.

The Tokyo Quartet
After 43 years at the top, the spring of 2013 will offer the last opportunity to hear the Tokyo Quartet. Already in 2011 they announced that they would be stopping when two of the members notified the public that they would be resigning.

The quartet was established in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, but has its roots at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, with Professor Hideo Saito as the great inspirational source for the original members of the quartet. A contract with Deutsche Grammophon laid the foundation for their position as one of the world’s greatest string quartets ever – and the rest is history.

Joseph Haydn (1732–1809): String Quartet no. 66 in G major, op. 77 no. 1, Hob. III: 81
Anton Webern (1883–1945): String Quartet in E major, op. 28
Franz Schubert (1797–1828): String Quartet no. 15 in G major, op. 161

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