Beethoven Day – Chamber Music 3 ─ CANCELLED

Hagen Quartett


Sun, 30.08. | 11.00 | No. 20329

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020




    Beethoven Day – Chamber Music 3 ─ CANCELLED

    Hagen Quartett

    Hagen Quartett:  Lukas Hagen, violin | Rainer Schmid, violin | Veronika Hagen, viola | Clemens Hagen, cello
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131
    Streichquartett B-Dur op. 130 mit Grosser Fuge op. 133

    “You can’t understand anything until you’ve heard it,” writer Aldous Huxley has one of his fictional characters say in reference to Beethoven’s late string quartets. Indeed, the five quartets that Beethoven created between 1824 and 1826, during the last years of his life, when he was already completely deaf and isolated from the outside world, are his legacy, his messages to posterity. This was also Igor Stravinsky’s understanding. He described these works as “my highest articles of musical belief” and thought them to be “as indispensable to the ways and meanings of art, as a musician of my era thinks of art and has tried to learn it, as temperature is to life. They are a triumph over temporality, too, for at least they cannot be bombed, melted down, bulldozed by progress.” What better way to begin Beethoven Day at LUCERNE FESTIVAL than with two of these legendary quartets? Especially since they are being performed by the Hagen Quartet, whose musical DNA has long included the 16 Beethoven quartets as an integral component.

    Hagen Quartett

    The roots of the Hagen Quartet go back to the 1970s, when the four children of Salzburg-based violist Oskar Hagen formed an ensemble and undertook professional studies at the Mozarteum. They were officially founded in the summer of 1981 when Gidon Kremer invited the young quartet—at the time cellist Clemens Hagen was only 15—to his chamber music festival in Lockenhaus; they immediately caused a sensation. The ensemble garnered numerous competition awards in the years following, including at the Portsmouth, Évian, Bordeaux, and Banff Competitions, and of course invitations to appear at major festivals and in leading concert halls around the world. Since 1987 the Hagen Quartet has been playing in its current lineup, with Lukas Hagen as first violin, Rainer Schmidt as second violin, Veronika Hagen on viola, and Clemens Hagen on cello. The ensemble performs a wide repertoire encompassing the complete history of the genre, from works by Haydn to Kurtág. The Hagens additionally cultivate an active connection with contemporary composers: for example, they recently gave the world premiere of the String Quartet No. 6 by Georg Friedrich Haas at the International Mozart Week 2011. Their collaboration with such artistic figures as Nikolaus Harnoncourt and György Kurtág proved to be of central importance for the Hagen Quartet; important partners with whom they have appeared jointly in concert include Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, Krystian Zimerman, Heinrich Schiff, and Jörg Widmann. The Quartet’s artistic work is documented on some 45 CDs, the most recent of which is a recording of works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Webern that was released in February 2011. The four musicians also share their experiences with the younger generation by teaching at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the Basel University of Music and by giving international master classes.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1980 in quartets by Joseph Haydn, Antónin Dvořák, and Graz˙yna Bacewicz.

    August 2011

    Clemens Hagen

    Clemens Hagen, der aus einer Salzburger Musikerfamilie stammt, begann als Achtjähriger sein Studium am Mozarteum; später wechselte er an das Baseler Konservatorium. Zu seinen Lehrern gehörten Wilfried Tachezi und Heinrich Schiff. 1983 wurde Clemens Hagen mit dem Spezialpreis der Wiener Philharmoniker und dem Karl-Böhm-Preis ausgezeichnet. Seither konzertierte er mit Orchestern wie den Berliner Philharmonikern, den Wiener Symphonikern, dem Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, dem Chamber Orchestra of Europe oder dem Cleveland Orchestra und arbeitete u. a. mit Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher und Franz Welser-Möst zusammen. Im Mai 2009 eröffnete er als Solist der Wiener Philharmoniker unter Nikolaus Harnoncourt die Wiener Festwochen. Als Cellist des Hagen Quartetts nimmt die Kammermusik für ihn oberste Priorität ein; weitere musikalische Partner sind Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Oleg Maisenberg, Paul Gulda und András Schiff. Clemens Hagen musiziert auf einem Instrument von Antonio Stradivari aus dem Jahr 1698.

    Mai 2009