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João Roiz Ensemble

50 anos de 25 de Abril: Revoluções-Evoluções
Works by Beethoven, Lopes-Graça, Schostakovich, Carrapatoso and Puccini
Past event
Dates and Schedules

17 and 18 April
Wednesday and Thursday, 7h30pm


Sala Mário Viegas


€12 with discounts (Not covered by the Culture Pass)

Age Restriction



On the 50th anniversary of 25 April, the João Roiz Ensemble is reflecting musically on the dialectic – not always peaceful – of revolution/evolution, presenting works by Beethoven, Lopes-Graça, Schostakovich, Carrapatoso and Puccini that reflect this dichotomy. This conflict can be seen in one of Beethoven’s first quartets – op.18 no4 -, when the composer was still in the grip of the revolutionary fervour that was sweeping central Europe at the beginning of the 19th century. In Schostakovich, on the other hand, we hear the untainted sounds of socialist realism, the new art of the popular avant-garde (the avant-garde of the time); in Lopes-Graça and Eurico Carrapatoso, from different angles, we can feel the gaze towards the deepest musical traditions of a Portugal not yet contaminated by European music, the remains of a pure folklore, which says more about the importance of the permanence and conservation of values and traditions than the revolutionary musical techniques with which they have been treated since the second half of the 20th century; in Puccini we can hear the beauties of a mature European musical art, of a conservative nature, which openly rejects the aesthetic revolutions that appeared at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, a repertoire which, possibly for this reason, is still one of the most loved.




L. B. Beethoven (1770-1827)
String Quartet op. 18, nº4

Allegro ma non tanto
Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
Allegretto – Presto

Fernando Lopes-Graça (n.1906-1994)
Rustic Suite nº2 for String Quartet, on traditional Portuguese themes

In modo di ninna nanna

Dmitri Schostakovich (1906-1975)
Two pieces for String Quartet


Eurico Carrapatoso (n.1963)
Seven Old Portuguese Choirs on popular Portuguese themes, for String Quartet

Canícula (on a popular theme from Miranda do Douro)
Oriente (on a popular theme from Miranda do Douro)
Papão (on a popular theme from Beira Alta
Luz (on a popular theme from Castelo Branco)
Romaria (on a popular theme from Castelo Branco)
Júbilo (on a popular theme from Castelo Branco)
Altar (on a popular theme from Serpa)

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Crisantemi for String Quartet



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João Roiz Ensemble Vasken Fermanian, violin; João Mendes, violin; João Pedro Delgado, viola; Ricardo Mota, cello


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