Haydn / Webern / Zemlinsky
Date of EventFriday, 18. 5. 2018 from 20.00
Expected end of the concert 21.45
Event placeRudolfinum – Dvořák Hall
Price100 - 500 CZK Sold out
- Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op. 74 Hob. III:74
- Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz
- Alexander Zemlinsky: String Quartet No. 2 Op. 15
- Quatuor Arod - string quartet
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Quatuor Arod was only established four years ago but it has already succeeded in drawing in the most discerning of audiences. Critics write of their fresh approach, their enthusiasm, their astonishing unity of sound, and also of their extraordinary capacity to challenge listeners’ experience of interpretation: “Arod has arrived to radically change the paths we recognise, to question our conventions, our taste, and the “rules” of interpretation,” stated the web magazine Bachtrack
Graduates of the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse in Paris, the ensemble first made their mark two years ago at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, where they won the top award. The ensemble’s stellar success since 2017 is almost the stuff of fairy tales: the BBC acknowledged them as BBC New Generation Artists for the 2017–2019 season, and the ECHO European Concert Hall Organisation distinguished the quartet as its ECHO Rising Star for the 2018–2019 season, which opened the door to numerous superb opportunities to appear in concert. Add to this their exclusive contract with Erato signed in 2017, and their first CD with this label containing Mendelssohn quartets, released in the autumn of the same year.
The ensemble has already appeared in numerous French concert venues; outside their native country they have played to audiences in some of the world’s finest concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall in London, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. The quartet is also invited to European festivals, and their concert at the Prague Spring marks their debut at this festival.
Violinists Jordan Victoria and Alexandre Vu are loan recipients of composite Stradivari and Guadagnini violins through the Beare’s International Violin Society. And if we wanted to discover how the quartet got its name, we might turn to Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Arod is the beautiful light stallion ridden by the elf Legolas; the word translates from Old English as “swift”.