David Oistrakh Quartet

Passion and romance
Tue 28 Feb ’23 20:15 uur

Borodin - String Quartet no. 2
Sjostakovitsj - String Quartet no. 8
Tsjaikovski - String Quartet no. 1
Bartok - Rumanian Dances

Tue 28 Feb ’23
20:15 uur
  • Tue 28 Feb ’23
    20:15 uur
    Small Hall
    Past event

The David Oistrakh Quartet features 4 of the most sought after Russian musicians of this time. They each have a successful solo career, but they found each other in their love of the string quartet. They gained persmission to carry the legendary violinist David Oistrakh's name in 2012 from his descendants. A great honour!

But there's another link with Oistrakh: 75 years after David Oistrakh won the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Andrey Baranov - the quartet's first violinist - won the same prestigious competition. The David Oistrakh Quartet performs on all continents in famous venues and at international festivals.

He earned his salary as a scientist, but Alexander Borodin's his passion was composing. Despite his small output he became one of the most famous Russian composers of the 19th century. He wrote his second string quartet in 1881 while he was on holiday in a friend's country house. Its packed full of lyrical melodies and its Notturno became famous. He dedicated the quartet to his wife Ekaterina Protopova.They were celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and this was his love gift to her. Rumour has it that the music tells us the story of when they first met.

'Oh, but I know this piece, it's so beautiful!' The Andante cantabile from Tchaikovsky's String Quartet no. 1 is an all time favourite from the classical music repertoire and based on an old Russian melody. Its feeling of melancholy, mixed with nostalgia and resignation made it to an audience favourite. Although he wasn't a big fan of chamber music his benefactor and best friend Nadezjda von Meck persuaded him to write three string quartets and the much loved string sextet Suvenir de Florence. 

To reduce waiting times at the bar to an absolute minimum, we use a cashless interval. A drink is included in your ticket, so you'll have more time to enjoy your company and your drink.