Belcea Quartet (photo Eduardus Lee)

Beethoven & Schoenberg

Belcea Quartet
Sat 8 Feb 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Sat 8 Feb 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Sat 8 Feb 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


19:45 / Entreehal / Support
By students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

20:15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme
Arnold Schoenberg String Quartet No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 Op. 131


Belcea Quartet:
Corina Belcea violin
Axel Schacher violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski viola
Antoine Lederlin cello

Two masters of the string quartet

Music is not a competition. But if points were awarded, the overwhelmingly beautiful String Quartet No. 14 Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven would probably end up very high. Especially if performed by one of the top quartets of our time, the Belcea Quartet. Tonight, the Belcea Quartet pairs the established mastery of Beethoven with Schönberg’s early String Quartet No. 1, a work that would propel him to become the champion of atonality.

Schönberg’s 1905 quartet consists of one movement of 45 minutes and is written in a late-romantic idiom that recalls the world of Richard Strauss. As an aside, Schönberg himself said that he had learned composing for string quartet from Mozart. Beethoven also chose an unconventional form for his Opus 131, in as many as seven movements. It was Beethoven’s personal favourite out of all his famous late quartets. After a performance of it, Schubert reportedly said: ‘After this, what is left for us to write?’