Driven by great curiosity, Quatuor Tana is characterized by a unique sound, eclecticism and a constant exploration of contemporary music. Its concert on February 6 will combine the old (Beethoven and Debussy) and the new (Pärt, Shaw and Dessy): a beautiful variety of sounds.
Quatuor Tana has been a fixture on the string scene for years, and is known for its daring programmes of well-known and lesser-known repertoire. This musical journey kicks off with the Molto adagio from the Fifteenth String Quartet by Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday we celebrated in 2020. With its fullness, this piece expresses Beethoven’s gratitude after feeling an improvement in his health in 1925, as indicated by its title Holy Song of Thanksgiving of a Convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode. Then follows the Andantino, doucement expressif from Opus 10 by Claude Debussy, which brings colour and charm to this programme. Composed between 1892 and 1893, this string quartet is the first major instrumental piece by the composer, who creates an alliance between a classical conception of form and César Franck’s cyclic form.
Then we turn our ears to the string quartet of today with the meditative sounds of Arvo Pärt in Psalom and with incisive sounds in Fratres. After Entr'acte, in which American composer Caroline Shaw alternates full chords, dissonances and silences, the program will be coloured a little bit Belgian with Jean-Paul Dessy's Tuor Qua Tuor, written for Quatuor Tana.
Antoine Maisonhaute, violin
Ivan Lebrun, violin
Julie Michael, viola
Jeanne Maisonhaute, cello
Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
"Molto adagio", from the String Quartet in A Minor, No. 15, Op. 132 (1823-5)
Claude Debussy 1862-1918
"Andantino, doucement expressif", from the String Quartet in G Minor (1893)
Arvo Pärt °1935
Caroline Shaw °1982
Jean-Paul Dessy 1963
Tuor Qua Tuor (2008)
What will tomorrow’s string quartet sound like? To answer this question, Quatuor Tana was founded in 2004. The quartet almost obsessively explores new sound worlds, often thanks to technical and technological innovations but always with a great respect for the genre’s rich past. Quatuor Tana is a regular guest at grand concert houses and prestigious festivals like Aix-en-Provence, Musica in Strasbourg, La folle journée, Wigmore Hall, Conway Hall... More recently, Quatuor Tana recorded the complete works of string quartets by French composer Jacques Lenot, by Steve Reich and by Philip Glass.