The Dudok Quartet Amsterdam is forging a reputation as one of the most creative and versatile quartets of its generation. It has performed at many major European venues and festivals including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Beethovenhaus Bonn and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Winners of many international prizes, the quartet has also received acclaim for its recordings, most recently of Haydn quartets in 2020 and Brahms in 2021.
The quartet takes its name from the renowned Dutch architect Willem Marinus Dudok (1884–1974). A great lover of music, Dudok came from a musical family and composed in his spare time, saying ‘I feel deeply the common core of music and architecture: after all, they both derive their value from the right proportions’.
This afternoon’s concert features Shostakovich’s great fifth string quartet alongside Mozart’s last (and 23rd) quartet and Tchaikovsky’s first, with its famous and affecting slow movement.
‘Powerful, exciting and poetic’ […] ‘Whoever performs this music so well, ranks among the top chamber musicians’ – Nederlands Dagblad
‘An intense listening experience that will have you on the edge of your seat’ – The Strad magazine, reviewing the quartet’s 2018 disc of music by Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Weinberg.
Mozart String Quartet no. 23 in F major, K590
Tchaikovsky String quartet no. 1 in D major, op. 11
Shostakovich String quartet no. 5 in B flat major, op. 92
The quartet plays the adagio from Barber’s first string quartet, op. 11:
The last movement of Haydn’s quartet in C major, op. 20 no. 2:
and this arrangement of Rameau’s Castor and Pollox overture: