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Repertoire 2022

Quartet

Adler de Oliveira, “Enluminures” Creation 2021

Beethoven, quartet op.18 n°1

Brahms, quartet op.51 n°1

Debussy, quartet op.10

Dvořák, quartet n°13

Haydn, quartet op.50 n° 6 – “The Frog”

Janáček, quartet n°1 “Kreutzer Sonata”

Komitas, Miniatures, transcripted for string quartet by Aslamazyan

Piazzolla, Grand Tango, transcripted for string quintet and solo violin by Jean-Frédéric Molard

Darwich, Zourouni, transcripted for string quartet by Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Lamma Bada Yatathann, arabo-andalusian song transcripted for string quartet by Abdel Rahman El Bacha

Akhtamar & CIE

Schubert, String Quintet in C Major D.956 > Download the presentation file

Michel Lysight, Septentrion (for string quartet and saxophone)

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Quartet’s repertoire

Adler de Oliveira

Elia Lrde – Quartet on a Georgian theme (2020)
Dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet

” Enluminures”, suite for string quartet (2021)

Alécian

« Un quatuor arménien » (2016)
Dedicated to the Akhtamar Quartet

Bailly

Soli (2015)

Beethoven

Quartet opus 18 n° 1
Quartet opus 18 n° 4
Quartet opus 18 n°6
Quartet opus 59 n°3
Quartet opus 133

Blake

Quartet n°4 (2012)

Boutry

Quartet n°2

Brahms

Quartet n°1

Bridge

3 Idylles for string quartet

Cage

Four
In Four Parts

Chostakovitch

Quartet n°4
Quartet n°5
Quartet n°8

Čiurlionis

String Quartet in C minor

Debussy

Quartet op.10

De Jonghe

Strijkkwartet II

Dvorak

Quartet n°12 op.96, « American »
Quartet n°13

Elgar

Quartet op.83

Glass

Company

Mishima

Janáček

Quartet n°1 « Kreuzer Sonata »

Jongen

Quartet op.50 n°2

Haydn

Quartet op.1 n°1
Quartet op.2 n°1
Quartet op.20 n°3
Quartet op.50 n°6 « The Frog »
Quartet op.64 n°5 « The Lark »
Quartet op.76 n°2 « The Fifths »
Quartet op.77 n°1

Komitas/Aslamazyan

Miniatures for string quartet

Kuijken

Quartet n°1 (1995)
Quartet n°2 (2018)

Ledoux

Quartet n°3 (2008)

Lysight

Ritual (2000/2003)

Mendelssohn

Quartet op.80 n°6
Quartet op.81

Mozart

Quartet n°15 K421

Pärt

Fratres
Da Pacem Domine
Summa

Piazzolla

Libertango
Oblivion

Poppy

Definitely disco (2009)

Ravel

Quartet in F Major

Schubert

Quartet n°1
Quartet n°8
Quartet n°14, «Death and the Maiden»

Stravinsky

Three pieces for string quartet

Uusberg

Miniatures for string quartet (2014)

Villa-Lobos

Quartet n°1

Webern

Six Bagatelles opus 9

Wéry

Ruines (2014)

Wissmer

Second string quartet

Quartet and Cie
Quintet

String Quartet and piano

Alécian

Erebouni (2018)

Franck

Quintet in f minor

Schumann

Quintet op.44

String Quartet and harp

Caplet

“Conte fantastique”

Debussy

“Danse sacrée et danse profane”

String Quartet and clarinet

Lysight

Samarkand

String quartet
and saxophone

Busch

Quintet

Lysight

Septentrion

String Quartet
and viola

Grisi

On the reel

String Quartet
and cello

Schubert

Quintet D.956, for two celli

Sextet

String Quartet, clarinet and piano

Lysight

Traffic

Prokofiev

Overture on Hebrew Themes, op.34

String Quintet and solo violin

Piazzolla/Molard

Grand Tango

Septet

String quartet, flute, clarinet and harp

Lysight

A tribute to Philip K.Dick

Natra

Music for Nicanor

Ravel

“Introduction et Allegro”

Rihm

“En plein air”

Original projects

Enluminures

“Enluminures” is a multidisciplinary work (musical and visual) that awakens the senses. Composed by Judith Adler de Oliveira and designed by Isabelle Françaix, “Enluminures” will be interpreted by the Akhtamar quartet.

The piece, composed for the quartet, consists of a series of miniatures based on traditional Armenian themes. The title recalls illuminated manuscripts and their constantly shifting presence between literature and painting. It is the interpreter’s decision whether a particular image resembles an alphabetic character or not, and if so, to what extent… illuminated manuscripts are fundamentally open-ended and always offer choice to the onlooker. Their relationship to literature and painting has been explored continually over centuries in a variety of ways. “Enluminures” echoes these historical explorations: at times, the secular, Armenian themes are reworked with an emphasis on authenticity and at others, fresh outlooks take over and therefore break with tradition.

Thematic similarities can be drawn between “Enluminures” and the Komitas/Aslamazyan miniatures, a piece that lies at the heart of the quartet’s repertoire. These are most prominent in “Grounk” and “Kagavik”. Other themes in “Enluminures” (“Eri eri jan” “Yel yel” and “Dle Yaman”) pay tribute to Komitas’ invaluable work collecting and preserving Armenian music.

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Freestyle Classics

The Freestyle Classics show is the result of an unexpected encounter between two artistic groups that are well known in their field: the Freestyle Lab collective and the Akhtamar String Quartet.

The aim of this project is to create links between two artistic and cultural domains that seem to be opposed to each other: classical music and freestyle dance. Through performances and a reportage, the Freestyle Classics concept breaks artistic codes, advocates diversity and exchange between artists and proves that by joining forces, we can create new sensations and emotions.

This exchange between freestyle culture, a street art par excellence, and classical music, too often accessible for a privileged audience, allows us to gather around the same event a very varied public. Through this link, the artists wish to bring classical music to the streets and bring urban culture to the classical stages.

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Copyright : Guillaume Sanchez

Classical music, As You Like It!

Our show “Classical music, As You Like It!” is a concept that offers the public the chance to become a musical maestro, through learning 101 anecdotes about composers and their pieces! What would you like to listen to today? It’s your choice!

A story lies behind every piece of music. By letting the public draw names out of a hat, the quartet renders each performance a unique concert. The fun and playful atmosphere created through the musician’s interactions with the audience allows them to discover more about classical music in an original way.

Each piece the quartet plays forms a link with either literature, painting, or the history of an era or a country. Drawn by luck, whichever piece is then accompanied by a short text or illustration, painting or musical explanation, sometimes a historical account… These elements guide the listening experience and stir the imagination. Time and space can quite simply fall away! Some of the most well-known artistic works are used as guiding tools, like certain films, pictures and buildings. This use of association allows for an incredibly clear understanding of the musical work at hand.

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