In the Close-up Series, musicians of the Concertgebouworkest juxtapose Mendelssohn’s magnificent Octet with enthralling string quartets by Glass, Smith 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 juxtaposing the Octet with three compelling contemporary string quartets. Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2 is a lyrical, almost romantic work with strong prominent melodies, while Peteris Vasks’s String Quartet No. 3 is a work of great beauty and violent emotional outbursts. Energetic and inventive, Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution proves how relevant the string quartet genre still is.