Classic Dutch: The Utrecht String Quartet

This programme is part of the series Classic Dutch
Utrecht String Quartet (© Utrecht String Quartet, Photo: Allard Willemse)

“Classic Dutch” is a panorama of classical music, composed or performed in the Netherlands through the centuries. Most of the music in this series was selected from among the huge wealth of recordings made by Radio Netherlands’ Music Department. In each programme, presenter Hélène Michaud speaks with a guest conductor, composer or music performer.

It is estimated that some 500 string quartets have been composed In the Netherlands alone, and the Utrecht String Quartet have taken it upon themselves to collect and revive some of these long-lost and forgotten pieces, focusing on work composed in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1940. As second violinist Katherine Routley explains, the Quartet like to perform in places designed for string quartets, like candle-lit castle halls.

Producer: Hélène Michaud

Broadcast: December 14, 2002



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