Februari Festival 2020 za15feb

Ingenious counterpoint and profound concentration

Saturday 15 February 2020

Simply Quartet | Alon Sariel mandolin | Ishay Shaer piano | Antje Weithaas violin | Symfonieorkest Koninklijk Conservatorium | Silvia Careddu flute | Ensemble 4.1Peter Nilsson piano | Stephanie Desjardins soprano | Pieter de Koe cello

 7.30 p.m. | de Nieuwe Kerk

Beethoven’s imagination knows no bounds. As a composer, he is in his element: playful and immensely skilled, with a turbulent energy and depth of feeling. Continually striving to write the perfect chamber music work; the great Bach as his ultimate teacher always looking over his shoulder.


Bach: from ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’: 3 Preludes & Fugues BWV 850, 867 & 851 | Beethoven: String Quintet, Hess 38 - arr. for string quintet of Prelude & Fugue in B flat minor, BWV 867 from Bach‘s ‘Das wohltemperierte Klavier’ - Dutch premiere | String Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18 No. 2 | An die Geliebte, WoO 140 | Four Italian Songs | Andante con Variazioni in D major, WoO 44b | Uri Caine: Variations on a theme by Beethoven - Dutch premiere | Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60


Bach: ‘Das Wohltemperierte Klavier’ & String Quintet, Hess 38

Beethoven was a passionate lover of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music, and regularly played his solo works for harpsichord. It is clear that he owes his love for the fugue to Bach. This brief string quartet in one movement was written in 1801 as an arrangement of a fugue from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier.

Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 2

This string quartet from 1799 is also known as the ‘Compliments Quartet’ – a quartet of reverential bows and curtseys; of courtly mannerisms. Haydn, who was Beethoven’s teacher sporadically during this period, wrote a string quartet in the same year: Op. 77, no. 1, in the same key and with the same sobriquet. It is therefore hardly surprising that this second quartet from the series Opus 18 echoes the spirit of Haydn more profoundly than any other.


Beethoven: Four Italian Songs

Beethoven wrote many Italian songs while studying composition with Antonio Salieri, often as exercises. The songs differ substantially in mood when compared to Beethoven’s famous song cycle To the Distant Beloved, and even more so from ‘In questa tomba oscura’ (WoO 133), for example. Here we see more dramatic elements: from calm and slow to fast and furious – and back again.

Beethoven: Works for mandolin and piano

Countess Josephine von Clary Aldringen took playing the mandolin very seriously indeed. Beethoven dedicated several compositions for mandolin and piano to her. The famous American jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine wrote a number of new variations for Andante WoO 44b, which will be performed for the first time in the Netherlands at the Februari Festival.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

The Fourth Symphony will be the highlight of the Februari Festival’s Saturday evening concert. Violinist Antje Weithaas will be directing Silvia Careddu, the wind players of Ensemble 4.1 and students of the Royal Conservatoire from her stand. According to Antje Weithaas, this symphony lends itself exceptionally well to smaller-scale performances, as was the case at its première performance during a private concert at the Vienna home of Prince Lobkowitz in 1807.


* Programmawijzigingen voorbehouden.
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