Radio Russia is a theatrical concert by the Ragazze Quartet in collaboration with the National Composer of the Netherlands Mayke Nas, playwright Ilya Leonard Pfeijffer and actor Noël S. Keulen. For Radio Russia the concert hall is transformed into a radio studio.
In the waiting area of the studio a composer is preparing to deliver a speech. He is nervous, makes slight adjustments to his text, paces up and down, waits and listens to the radio. On several radio transmitters Russian string quartets of Shostakovich and Gubaidulina are heard, but also news items, bits of talk shows and historical recordings.
National Composer of the Netherlands Mayke Nas creates the framework around the pieces, which includes the world premiere of her new string quartet ‘Ether quartet No.9’. Of Gubaidulina one hears the Second String Quartet; a fragile little jewel consisting of long notes that are fanned out further and further.
The Tenth String Quartet of Shostakovich will be played; a probing four-panel that was written during a period in which the reigns of the Soviet Regime were paid out more and more and for the first time since Stalin’s death, he felt free to express himself on a much more personal level in his music.
Repertoire Mayke Nas Etherkwartet nr.9 (2017); Shostakovitsch string quartet no.10; Rachmaninov string quartet no.1; Gubaidulina string quartet no.2
Performers Ragazze Quartet and Noël S. Keulen
Text Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
sun 11 March, 2.30 PM
sun 17 March, 8.15 PM
Willem Twee, Den Bosch
May 3, 8.15 PM (premiere)
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
July 22, 2018, 15:00
November 23, 2018
De Oosterpoort, Groningen
March 5, 2019