Celebrating their twenty-five years in the world of classical music, the Ruysdael Quartet, known for their precision and crystal-clear interpretations, will take the stage at the November Music Festival in 's-Hertogenbosch. The quartet, recognized for their commitment to classical and contemporary compositions, curated a stunning program featuring short works from twenty-five Dutch composers. Among these brilliant compositions, Willem Jeths' 'Paesaggio Dramatico,' was written specifically for this occasion.
In celebration of their Jubilee, The Ruysdael Quartet extended invitations to renowned Dutch composers, commissioning them to create brief compositions lasting one to two minutes each. This project resulted in a diverse collection of music, offering a captivating snapshot of contemporary Dutch composition in the 21st century with an astonishing array of styles and themes, ranging from the 17th-century influence of Ruysdael's landscape paintings to minimalist, jazz, microtonal, and world music elements.
As the quartet celebrates their quarter-century journey, this project exemplifies their commitment to fostering new music and paying homage to their Dutch heritage.
Premiere concert and video
During the premiere concert on Friday, November 10, at November Music Festival, the Ruysdael Quartet will premiere this collection of new pieces for the first time. Additionally, in collaboration with artist Eric de Clercq in the Tungsten film studios, new videos have been created in which a film projection surrounds the quartet. The film images have been carefully made in consultation with the composers themselves, further enhancing the compositions' themes and emotions and placing them in a broader, contextual perspective. These videos will be available shortly on the Quartet's YouTube channel , where a new video will appear every Thursday in the coming months.