High Tea Concert

Sunday December 29 | 16:00 hr

16.00 Concert in the Maria van Hongarijezaal

17.00 High Tea in the Unico van Wassenaerzaal

Bosmans Strijkkwartet
Traditional Scottish songs arranged for string quartet
Schumann Strijkkwartet nr. 1 in a, opus 41

Thinking out of the box is characteristic of the Belinfante Quartet. The four young musicians derive their name from the first professional female conductor in the Netherlands, Frieda Belinfante. They have been forming a quartet for three years now and are not afraid of unexpected combinations and interdisciplinary projects. All in the spirit of the unorthodox Frieda Belinfante, whose perseverance and sincerity are a great source of inspiration for the string quartet. This High Tea Concert begins with the only string quartet that Henriëtte Bosmans wrote. Bosmans was a close friend of Frieda Belinfante for many years and played a major role in Dutch musical life. Her quartet is extremely energetic and evokes reminiscences of that of Ravel. Then we turn our attention to Scotland, with a selection of traditional songs from that country. Not immediately ready to pick up for a string quartet: second violinist Fiona Robertson is responsible for this setting. It is unclear whether the genesis of these traditional works goes back beyond the mid-nineteenth century, but let us assume that Schumann’s First String Quartet, written in 1842, is the oldest work recorded in this concert. It had a special origin: Robert wrote it as a birthday present for his wife Clara, who is soundingly performed in the viola.