Close-up: Alleged Dances

Mendelssohn’s Octet and music by Vasks and Adams performed by string players of the Concertgebouworkest

In the Close-up Series, eight of the Concertgebouworkest’s string players juxtapose Mendelssohn’s magnificent Octet with enthralling string quartets by Adams and Vasks.

Close-up: Alleged Dances
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In the Close-up Series, eight of the Concertgebouworkest’s string players juxtapose Mendelssohn’s magnificent Octet with enthralling string quartets by Adams and Vasks.

This performance sees two string quartets made up of members of the Concertgebouworkest joining forces.

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About this concert

For many years now, Concertgebouworkest musicians have been performing their own programmes in the Recital Hall. The intimate concerts in the Close-up chamber music series are organised by the Friends of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest. The concerts performed here are given only once and can be heard nowhere else!

Incredibly, Felix Mendelssohn wrote his Octet in E-flat major for strings at the age of sixteen. One of the first works so scored – for eight strings – it has always been considered one of the finest of its kind. This performance sees two string quartets made up of members of the Concertgebouworkest joining forces. They are also contextualising the Octet by juxtaposing it with string quartets by two contemporary masters, Peteris Vasks and John Adams. Vasks’s String Quartet No. 3 is a work of great beauty and violent emotional outbursts. John’s Book of Alleged Dances consists of ten short dances for which ‘the steps have yet to be invented’, according to the composer John Adams.