Dudok Quartet Amsterdam

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Disruptive
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The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam aims to show that music affects people; that music can lead us to profundity and connection especially when it provokes friction. The true meaning of music reveals itself in a shared experience in which you, as a listener, play a vital role.

Album

REFLECTIONS

Our upcoming album combines two original works by Bacewicz and Shostakovich with our own arrangements of Shostakovich’s’ Preludes for piano Op. 34

Reflections release on all streaming platforms and physically on the 25th of November 2022!

First introduction

Beyond the score

Beyond the score

The main challenge as we prepare each program is to find answers to the questions ‘what is the true nature of this music, and what worlds can we unveil behind the score?’

This quest is our main incentive to delve further into the music. Without losing sight of our rich string quartet tradition, we always search for new formats and new perspectives.

Instruments and setup

Instruments and setup

Besides playing the music, we also play with our instrumentation. We use different types of bows for different styles of music. The setup of our beautiful vintage instruments is often adjusted according to the repertoire. We preferably play music composed until the late 19th century with unwound gut strings. For more recent repertoire we use either wound gut or steel strings.

Our tools enable us to push our artistic boundaries, helping the audience re-live the experience of hearing masterpieces for the first time. We don't believe to possess "the truth" on the matter, but we do believe music can have many different guises.

The set of instruments we use is a generous loan from the Dutch Musical Instrument Foundation (NMF). The bows have been acquired with the help of the Friends of the Dudok Quartet and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

Videos

Brahms – Complete String Quartets & String Quintet Op. 111

First recording of these works on unwound gut strings and early romantic bows, debut album for Rubicon Classics.

Rameau – Chaconne ‘Castor & Pollux’

This arrangement is a part of a self-compiled suite from the opera, made by our cellist David Faber. The sheet music is available for free, see Downloads.

Joey Roukens – ‘What Remains’

This composition was written for us and premiered during the String Quartet Biennial Amsterdam in January of 2020. This video was part of a live streamed concert in April of the same year.

Haydn – ‘Fuga a 4 soggetti’ from String Quartet Op. 20 No. 2

This live recording was filmed in February of 2021 in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ as a part of their series of ‘Up Close’ concerts.

Richard Wagner – ‘Prelude & Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde

World renowned accordionist Vincent van Amsterdam joined us for this arrangement by Max Knigge. With the addition of his instrument, our color palette instantly gained a complete horn section! The score and parts are available for free, see Downloads.

Ligeti – ‘Sostenuto. Molto calmo’ from String Quartet No. 2

This clip of music by György Ligeti was filmed in February 2021 as part of Muziekgebouw aan t IJ’s series Up Close’.

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – ‘Ave Maria a 4 voci’

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina was among the first composers to regain prominence during the canonization of renaissance music in the 18th and 19th century. This arrangement was made by our cellist David Faber. The sheet music is available for free, see Downloads.

Schedule

2 October 2022
16:00

Muziekcentrum van de Omroep
Hilversum, NL

9 October 2022
12:00

Cenakel
Tilburg, NL

20 October 2022
20:15

De Leidse Salon: Reich
Leiden, NL

23 October 2022
11:30

Wigmore Hall
London, UK

24 October 2022
19:30

Portsmouth Guildhall
Portsmouth, UK

8 November 2022
20:00

Jersey Arts Centre
St Helier, JE

11 November 2022
12:30

November Music
's-Hertogenbosch

18 November 2022
19:00

Baptistkyrkan
Hudiksvall, SE

19 November 2022
16:00

Musikverket, Kulturcentrum
Sandviken, SE

20 November 2022
18:00

Norrtullkyrkan
Södernhamn, SE

Your support, our future

Our aim is to become more than a string quartet satisfied with high quality performances of well-established music in familiar venues alone. As a Friend you can help us developing our dream: becoming a medium that ensures a core genre in musical history to play a vital role for the future. 

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