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Music

Tetraktys

Classical and Contemporary-Classical Music

Tuesday June 25, 19.30, Alternative Stage GNO

Tetraktys

The clear, full-bodied sound, the stylistic elegance, and the passion that distinguish the performances of the Tetraktys string quartet, founded in 2008 in Athens, quickly established it as one of the most pioneering of its kind across Europe. The quartet’s highly eclectic and extensive repertoire reflects, besides the deep love of its members for classical masterpieces, their keen interest in contemporary musical experimentation. In their concerts, Ligeti meets Mozart, Skalkotas meets Haydn, and Webern meets Beethoven, since their aim is to create a special atmosphere through unexpected musical encounters.

At the concert given by the explosive quartet at the Summer Nostos Festival, it will perform String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 No. 1 by Beethoven, String Quartet No. 3 (1983) by Schittke, and Triple Quartet (1998) by Steve Reich. Beethoven’s work, written when he was 27 years old, bears all the features we would expect from the composer’s earlier creative period: from the energetic first part, full of intense confrontations and continuous thematic transformations, to the tragically operatic second part that drew its inspiration from the death scene in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, to the humorous dancing third part, to the two-themed and intensely alternating finale of the work. In the work by Schnittke we will hear, in their full expression, the striking juxtapositions of different musical elements that are characteristic of his music. Reich’s Triple Quartet was written for three quartets. Musicians are asked to record the second and third quartets in the studio, and play the first one live on stage, together with the pre-recorded material.

The members of Tetraktys are Giorgos Panagiotidis (violin), Kostas Panagiotidis (violin), Ali Başeğmezler (viola), and Dimitris Travlos (cello). Giorgos Panagiotidis, winner of an international first prize for violin, was assistant concertmaster of the Athens Camerata - Orchestra of the Friends of Music; Kostas Panagiotidis holds a permanent position as principal violinist in the Greek National Opera; Ali Başeğmezler was the leader of the Camerata's violins; and Dimitris Travlos is a member of the Athens State Orchestra. In December 2008 they made their first appearance. Concerts followed at the Goethe Institute and Parnassus Hall in Athens, and in December 2009, they performed at the Athens Concert Hall as musical accompaniment to a reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by actor Jeremy Irons.

The Tetraktys string quartet was the official nomination of the Athens Concert Hall for the 2011-2012 Rising Stars series of the European Concert Hall Organisation. As part of this series, the quartet performed in most of the major European concert halls: the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Cité de la Musique Paris (where it took part in the quartet biennale dedicated to the composer Wolfagang Rihm), the Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Musikverein Wien, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Stockholms Konserthus, and L’Auditori Barcelona, winning rave reviews from the public and the press. In 2014, the quartet was invited to Carnegie Hall by the Onassis Foundation, as part of the events surrounding the Greek presidency of the European Union.