Opening Concert

Friday December 27 | 20:00 hr
Lars Vogt  Piano Janine Jansen  Violin Yura Lee  Violin Boris Brovtsyn  Violin Amihai Grosz  Viola Daniel Blendulf  Cello Jens Peter Maintz  Cello New Generation musicians    

Presenter: Ab Nieuwdorp


Van Bree Allegro for four string quartets in D minor

Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major, Opus 20


Dvořák, Piano Quintet, Opus 81

The kick-off of the 16th International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht. Almost all musicians perform on this festive evening. Immediately with a work that  does not sound so often: the phenomenal Allegro for four string quartets by Johannes van Bree, one of the greatest 19th-century Dutch musicians. Moreover, highly original: no fewer than four string quartets conduct a dialogue with each other. Van Brees tour de force originated in 1845, twenty years earlier the young Mendelssohn had also ventured into an experiment “string quartet plus”: he combined two. Felix was only sixteen and his teacher Zelter judged that his pupil had now completed a piece with “flesh on the bones.” And he was right: Mendelssohn’s Octet nowadays serves as a textbook example and reference point for this instrumentation. After the interval, Dvořák’s Piano Quintet will be played, with master pianist Lars Vogt behind the grand piano. Antonín Dvořák wrote this work after an earlier failed attempt, but second time round he delivered one of the most beautiful late-romantic quintets. He combined the best of two worlds: on the one hand, the great German-Austrian tradition and, on the other, Czech folklore with its glowing melodies.