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The Takács Quartet performs Rihm and Beethoven

Rihm Quartet No. 11 (French premiere) – Beethoven Quartet No. 14

The Takács Quartet performs Rihm and Beethoven Rihm Quartet No. 11 (French premiere) – Beethoven Quartet No. 14

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Wolfgang Rihm: The Eleventh String Quartet

In Wolfgang Rihm's vast catalogue the string quartet is given pride of place (close to three hundred and fifty works): At the time of his Fifth Quartet (1981-83), Rihm spoke of it as if the word quartet were "a magic word," expressing "the secret nature of art." In any case this formation, an extreme combination of concentration and expressivity, is one of those which has most effectively expressed the narrative approach and the "new simplicity" that has made Rihm the German composer of his generation the most played (he was born in 1952) – in addition to having enabled this precocious student of Fortner, Stockhausen and Klaus Huber to produce an irresistibly protean body of work while remaining within the glorious Austro-German heritage which ranges from Beethoven to the Second School of Vienna and from Mahler to Lachenmann. Even for such a strong adept of "works in progress," the inception of the Eleventh Quartet was a lengthy process – so much so that when it was premiered in Essen in January and in New York in October it came eight years after the Twelfth Quartet!

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Program

  • Wolfgang Rihm, String Quartet No. 11
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp Minor, Op. 131

Details

  • Venue: Louvre Auditorium (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: Nov. 20, 2009, 7 p.m.
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 1 h 10 min

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