Change of program and line-up: Streichquartettfest | RIHM-Night

Unfortunately, the Minguet Quartet cannot take part in the Streichquartettfest due to a corona infection of a member. However, thanks to the commitment of the other quartets and in close cooperation with Wolfgang Rihm, it was possible to replace the program items with works suggested by the respective quartets from their current repertoire. As well as through selected piano pieces that the Karlsruhe pianist and Rihm friend Florian Steininger will bring with him.

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Podcast with Nepomuk Braun from Adelphi Quartet (in German)

Podcast with Raphael Paratore from Goldmund Quartet (in German)

Streichquartettfest | Adelphi Quartett & Leonkoro Quartet

“The piece is to be performed extremely emphatically and with lots of gestures,” is Wolfgang Rihm’s playing instructions for his second string quartet, which he composed when he was 18 years old. Schumann’s enthusiastic, suction-suggestive A major quartet calls for something similar, only in Italian: “agitato”, “espressivo” and “risoluto”. The great G major quartet by Dvořák, which is characterized by relaxed creativity, then frame Rihm’s “little things”: the first two pieces from his eight-part work group “Fetzen” and “In Connectedness” – an expression of his longstanding artistic friendship with the London Arditti String Quartet.

€ 29 | 19 Half-day ticket including reading with Eleonore Büning. Concert with a break.

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Podcast with Nepomuk Braun from Adelphi Quartett

Podcast with Amelie Wallner from Leonkoro Quartet

Streichquartettfest | Goldmund Quartett

Quartet No. 4 is something like the classic among Wolfgang Rihm’s string quartets. Composed in 1983 and dedicated to the Alban Berg Quartet, the soulful and passionate work has since been performed by numerous other ensembles. The »Grave in memoriam Thomas Kakuska« forms the counterpart, so to speak, because it was created in 2005 as a kind of requiem for the long-time violist of the Alban Berg Quartet. Between these “mountain works” stands Antonín Dvořák’s “American” string quartet, which is shaped by the vastness of the Iowa landscape.

Concert with a break. Please inform yourself about the current Corona regulations and our hygiene regulations before attending the concert.

Streichquartettfest | Quatuor Danel

A group of works by Wolfgang Rihm is called »Across the Line«. In this context, the seemingly wordless chants of the wind instrument are to be seen as clarinet pieces “Four Times” from the year 2000. An arabesque music of dazzling wealth heard in the string quartet by Debussy. Rihm’s one-movement sextet, commissioned for the Quatuor Danel, adds a horn to the line-up of Brahms’ clarinet quintet. The fact that the latter was declared a progressive composer by Schönberg is primarily due to the technique of “developing variation”, which is exemplified in the Brahms ‘A minor quartet.

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Streichquartettfest | Quartettsatz

“Yesterday? Today? Tomorrow? «Was the motto of the 20th Römerbad-Musiktage in Badenweiler in November 1993 – and the world premiere of Rihm’s vocal and mysterious ninth string quartet fitted in perfectly. When Beethoven was composed, the form and sound of the intimate chamber music genre, which broke through the intimate chamber music genre, “Rasumowsky” quartets op. 59, were clearly assigned to “tomorrow”. Robert Schumann is more of a sensitive lyric poet in his A minor quartet. Rihm’s “Selbsthenker” refers to Friedrich Nietzsche. Its Zarathustra struggled with a completely different time problem: the eternal return.

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€ 29 | 19 Half-day ticket including a lecture with Ulrich Mosch at 2.30 p.m.

Podcast with Nepomuk Braun from Adelphi Quartet (in German)

Podcast with Amelie Walnner vom Leonkoro Quartet (in German)

Podcast with Marc Danel from Quatuor Danel (in German).

Streichquartettfest | Lecture Ulrich Mosch

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€ 29 | 19 Half-day ticket including the “Quartettsatz” concert at 4 pm.

MOVED TO 10 A.M.: Streichquartettfest | JACK Quartet

Attention change: The concert with the JACK Quartet has been postponed to 10 a.m., while the workshop with Oliver Wille (originally at 10 a.m.) does not start until 11.30 a.m.

The avant-garde of yesteryear meets experimental newer music in the New York JACK Quartet. In the vocal works from the 15th and 16th centuries that were adapted for the strings, the rhythmic complexity (Rodericus), the use of micro-intervals (Vicentino) and the bold chromatic harmony movement (Solage) are surprising. In his string quartet »Memento Mori« from 1992, the American John Zorn mixes disparates into an almost half-hour-long kaleidoscope-like collage, while Wolfgang Rihm in his quartet »Im Innersten« (1976) comes up with a soundscape interspersed with shredded musical memories.

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€ 29 | 19 Half-day ticket including workshop with Oliver Wille at 10 a.m.

Moved to 11.30 a.m.: Streichquartettfest | Workshop Oliver Wille

Attention change: the Workshop with Oliver Wille has been moved to 11.30 a.m. Meanwhile the concert with JACK Quartet will take place at 10 a.m. (originally 11.30 a.m.)

Oliver Wille will be on stage with Wolfgang Rihm in person and immerse himself in his string quartet festival work in conversation.

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€ 29 | 19 Half-day ticket including a concert with the JACK Quartet at 10 a.m. (originally 11.30 a.m.).

Streichquartettfest | Opening concert

The Minguet Quartet cannot take part in the Streichquartettfest due to a member being infected with corona.

Yes, Wolfgang Rihm also dealt with Schönberg’s twelve-tone technique – at the age of 18 in his expressive string quartet No. 1. In contrast, the »Geste zu Vedova« composed 45 years later for the Minguet Quartet reacts to the powerful, vehement approaches of the painter Emilio Vedova. Rihm’s emblematic eighth quartet also makes the writing and production of music a topic with paper and sheet noises. The approximately 40-minute final work, described with great understatement as the »Four Studies«, is based on the great clarinet quintet tradition since Mozart.

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Podcast with Amelie Walnner from Leonkoro Quartet (in German)

Podcast with John Pickford Richards from JACK Quartet (in English)

Podcast with Marc Danel from Quatuor Danel (in German)

Canceled: Streichquartettfest | Wettbewerb der Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung

Attention change: Unfortunately, the competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation on January 20th from 09.30 a.m. has to be cancelled. Due to the different entry, exit and quarantine regulations from country to country, equal and fair competitive conditions cannot be guaranteed for all of the 8 young international string quartets. The competition will be moved to the Heidelberger Frühling music festival 2023.

We are pleased about the renewed cooperation with the string quartet competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation, which takes place every two years and is aimed at young European string quartets. It will be held for the sixth time in 2022. Eight quartets are invited who have qualified through a pre-selection via (live) recordings. On the one hand, the invited quartets have the opportunity to freely choose what they want to play and, on the other hand, they are obliged to have a conversation following the prelude, in which the respective needs and goals of the ensembles are discussed. The only requirement in this competition of the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation season is that at least one work by Wolfgang Rihm must be prepared. A five-person jury then decides on the prizes – the first winner will be invited to participate in the 2023 String Quartet Festival.

Free entry. Registration requested at 06221 584 00 44 or tickets@heidelberger-fruehling.de.

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In cooperation with Irene Steels-Wilsing Stiftung