Thursday, 26 September 2019

This second concert also has a celestial aspect – in search of the ‘air of other planets’ referred to in Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet. This quartet truly shifted the boundaries. Everything about it was so new that its premiere in 1908 had music-loving Viennese public in an uproar. After the initial distress, however, they were enchanted and moved, and most of all, they realised that this music was actually not as perplexing as it first seemed – wasn’t it above all a continuation of the wondrous musical world of their beloved Beethoven?


Ludwig van Beethoven: Strijkkwartet nr. 16, Grosse Fuge

Arnold Schönberg: Strijkkwartet nr. 2




Quatuor Danel

The matchless Quatuor Danel, who performed a Polish-Russian programme brilliantly in last year’s Festival 20·21, will take you on a journey from Beethoven to Schoenberg and back again. In their playing, the Danel musicians succeed uniquely in illustrating the way innovation is born of tradition, with refinement and clarity as their strongest trump cards. The concert will begin with a lecture-recital, in which Pieter Bergé and the musicians will sketch the path between Beethoven and Schoenberg.

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Virpi Räisänen

Virpi Räisänen will escort the Quatuor Danel in recreating Schoenbergs tantalizing ‘air from another planet’. Räisänen specialized in contemporary music and has performed premiered contemporary works on many occasions. Alongside her love for working with large orchestras, she’s developed a love for the chamber music genre, which makes her just the right singer to accompany the Quatuor’s musicians in their quest for other celestial bodies.

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Grote Aula Maria Theresia

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 (Ingang Hogeschoolplein)
3000 3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c
Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte Sint-Michielskerk

Not on time?

Late-comers will not be admitted to the concert.