Laura van der Heijden, Nikola Meeuwsen, Antje Weithaas, a.o.
Fri 25 Feb '2220:00Nieuwe Kerk, Den Haag
Franz Schubert Die Forelle, D550
Franz Schubert Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello & double bass in A major, D667 ‘The Trout’
Franz Schubert Grande Marche Funèbre in C minor, D859
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131
Antje Weithaas violin
Hannah Strijbos viola
Laura van der Heijden cello
Nikola Meeuwsen piano
Wouter Swinkels double bass
Tinka Pypker soprano
Peter Nilsson piano
Geister Duo David Salmon & Manuel Vieillard piano duo
Also on the schedule is the Grande Marche Funèbre, Schubert’s piercingly melancholic funeral march inspired by the death of Czar Alexander I of Russia.
Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor is one of his so-called “late” string quartets, five brilliant pieces in which the composer seems to be speaking in tongues at one moment, only to prove himself far ahead of his time in the next. They are extremely difficult to perform, and require effort even on the part of the listener – a far cry from the entertaining character that had defined the genre until then. The severely ill Schubert heard the Quartet in C-sharp Minor on 14 November 1828, five days before his death, and was deeply impressed.