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Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ: Main HallPiet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1019 BR, Netherlands
On Sunday 26 January 2020 at 22:30
Festival: String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam
Pavel Haas Quartet

Beethoven’s 13th string quartet is often considered to be the most accessible of his late quartets. With its heavenly cavatina – the penultimate movement – and the Grosse Fuge as its shocking conclusion, it is a quartet of extremes. In particular these two movements have always retained their timeless relevance. Stravinsky called the Grosse Fuge ‘an absolutely contemporary piece of music that will be contemporary forever.’ In the search for extraterrestrial life, Carl Sagan sent the cavatina into space on a golden phonograph record, representing the most extraordinary human accomplishments.

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