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John Adams: Absolute Jest at City Halls

 06 November 2014 at 7.30pm 

John Adams: Absolute Jest at City Halls

City Halls

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Doric String Quartet

Markus Stenz

Comedy is a serious business. Beethoven knew that when his exuberant Second Symphony cheerfully booted the classical rule-book out of the window; and John Adams certainly knew it when he leafed through the scherzos of Beethoven’s late string quartets and transformed them into Absolute Jest: a one-off concerto for string quartet that takes Beethoven seriously enough to laugh along with him. As soloists, the Doric String Quartet definitely get it: and guest conductor Markus Stenz gets it too, pairing Beethoven and Adams with two riotously inventive French Baroque showpieces that prove that the best jokes never get old.
Prelude: 6.45pm in the Recital Room
Markus Stenz in conversation.
Post-Concert Coda (approximately 10 minutes after the main concert)
Why not stay on in the auditorium as the Doric String Quartet play Janáček’s String Quartet No.1 ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ (1923).

The main concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, presented by Andrew McGregor.

Jean-Philippe Rameau : Suite No.1 from Les Indes Galantes
John Adams : Absolute Jest for string quartet and orchestra
Jean-Féry Rebel : Chaos (from Les Élémens)
Ludwig Van Beethoven : Symphony No. 2 in D major

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