​​​Thursday, 18 May 2023, 20:15
The Hague: Paleiskerk

The People United

Different Trains

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Tickets:  € 10 – € 27,50

Animato Kwartet


Steve Reich

​Different Trains

Henriette Bosmans

String quartet

Anton Webern

Fünf Sätze für Streichquartett, opus 5

Joël Waterman


Joseph Haydn

From String Quartet in B-flat major, opus 76/4

​Parallel railway journeys

​Steve Reich's Different Trains, composed for string quartet and tape, is considered one of his most exceptional works. The piece vividly illustrates the train journeys Reich took during the war years to visit his separated parents, while simultaneously in Europe, deportation trains were in operation. The string quartet captures the trains’ relentless motion, while the tape incorporates orchestral sounds, human voices, platform and train noises, bells, and sirens. This minimal music masterpiece will keep you captivated and on the edge of your seat for half an hour.

The Animato Quartet combines Reich's masterpiece with works by Henriëtte Bosmans, a composer banned during the war, and Anton Webern, who ignored the curfew that proved fatal to him. Joël Waterman looks back on his Jewish family history in his string quartet Moonset, also a tribute to the famous sunrise in Haydn's quartet, which is also on the programme.  

Jury Dutch Classical Talent
​“​Four top players with a vibrant energy, they grab you from the
first note! The quartet is in service to each other as well as to the music and is the great promise of Dutch string quartets.”