VCHPRESENTS: CHAMBER THE STRADIVARI QUARTET; THE PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

Published on 09 March 2020

VCHPRESENTS: CHAMBER THE STRADIVARI QUARTET; THE PAVEL HAAS QUARTET

Two of today’s top string quartets perform in the Victoria Concert Hall as part of the SSO’s VCHpresents: Chamber series this spring. In April, the brilliant Stradivari Quartet brings two programmes of Classical and Romantic works; then in May the top-flight Pavel Haas Quartet delves into Beethoven’s magnificent "Great Fugue" for String Quartet.

On 17 April the Stradivari Quartet performs works by Strauss and Enescu before being joined by musicians from the SSO for a rare performance of Klaus Simon’s chamber arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

Two days later, on 19 April – at the earlier time of 4pm – the musicians turn to Beethoven, performing two of his great string quartets: No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”) and No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2. The concert closes with a contrasting work: Tan Dun’s Eight Colors for String Quartet.

The following month, on 29 May, the Pavel Haas Quartet brings a programme of Dvořák, Schulhoff and Beethoven to the Victoria Concert Hall. The climax of the concert is one of Beethoven’s most famous works for string quartet: his String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130, performed in its original form with the monumental “Great Fugue” (Op. 133) to close. The great Russian composer Stravinsky said of the fugue ‘[it is] an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.”

Since it was formed in 2007, the Stradivari Quartet has built up an enviable international reputation for itself both through its concerts and with its trademark, StradivariFESTEN. Throughout all of this it has remained in close contact with its audiences, who often follow the players as a loyal and enthusiastic fan base, enjoying not only the concerts themselves but all the attendant action. The result is an enthusiasm for music and culture on the very highest level in Zurich, Hamburg, Cremona and many other places.

The Pavel Haas Quartet was founded in 2002 by the violinist Veronika Jarůšková and the violist Pavel Nikl, who was a member of the ensemble until 2016, when he left due to family reasons. Following their victory in the Prague Spring Festival Competition and Premio Paolo Borciani in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2005, the Pavel Haas Quartet soon established themselves as one of the world’s most exciting contemporary chamber ensembles. Performing at the most renowned concert venues around the globe, the PHQ have made numerous critically acclaimed recordings, which have received many prestigious awards. The ensemble members studied with Milan Škampa, the legendary violist of the Smetana Quartet.

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VCHpresents: Chamber - The Stradivari Quartet Plays Mahler #

Date & time

17 April 2020 (Friday), 7.30pm

Post-concert chat

VENUE #

Victoria Concert Hall

PERFORMERS #

Xiaoming Wang, violin
Sebastian Bohren, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Maja Weber, cello
Musicians of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra

PROGRAMME #

STRAUSS Capriccio, Op. 85
ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1 for String Quintet and Piano
MAHLER (ARR. KLAUS SIMON) Symphony No. 1 in D major for Chamber Orchestra

TICKET PRICES* #

$30, $20

Concession discounts

Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: $15

VCHpresents: Chamber - The Stradivari Quartet Plays Beethoven #

Date & time

19 April 2020 (Sunday), 4pm

Post-concert chat

VENUE #

Victoria Concert Hall

PERFORMERS #

Xiaoming Wang, violin
Sebastian Bohren, violin
Lech Antonio Uszynski, viola
Maja Weber, cello

PROGRAMME #

BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op. 95 "Serioso"
TAN DUN Eight Colors for String Quartet
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2

TICKET PRICES* #

$30, $20*

Concession discounts

Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: $15

VCHpresents: Chamber - The Pavel Haas Quartet - The Great Fugue #

Date & time

29 May 2020 (Friday), 7.30pm

VENUE #

Victoria Concert Hall

PERFORMERS #

Veronika Jarůšková, violin
Marek Zwiebel, violin
Jiří Kabát, viola
Peter Jarůšek, cello

PROGRAMME #

SCHULHOFF String Quartet No. 1
DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 "American"
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Op. 130
BEETHOVEN Great Fugue, Op. 133

TICKET PRICES* #

$30, $20*

Concession discounts

Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: $15

*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.

Tickets are available from: the website ticketing.sso.org.sg, SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555 and SISTIC counters island-wide